Drimiopsis maculata

Giant Squill

Plant Type:


Drimiopsis maculata – This fascinating little South African bulb hales from the Eastern Cape Province. The thick-textured green foliage is blade-shaped, broadly fluted, and spotted with brownish purple dots. Late April into May brings purplish stems to 1’ tall topped with clustered buds very reminiscent of Grape Hyacinths. The buds open to off-white bells, very showy when the bulbs multiply and the colony grows larger. Up north we grow it in pots kept on the dry side in winter in our cool greenhouse. If purchased in autumn where it can be planted outdoors it would be wise to hold indoors until spring. This is yet another very cool plant among a growing number coming from South Africa. Slow spread. Multiple potted bulbs.


6-8 in



Characteristics and Attributes for Drimiopsis maculata

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring / Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / Autumn


  • Full Sun


  • Greenhouse / Alpine House
  • Massing
  • Potted Plant
  • Rock Garden

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Slow


  • Draining


  • South Africa

Propagated By

  • Offset