Drimia is a genus with roughly 89 deciduous, bulbous perennials which tend to form clumps. They do not produce great abundances of leaves, instead there are usually between 1-15 per plant and they often develop after flowering. Leaves are linear to strap-shaped and may possess hairs on their surface. Leaf edges are smooth or with a slight undulation. Flowers are produced densely on upright raceme structures. This triangular-shaped structure is a form of unbranched inflorescence where the oldest flowers are formed at the base and new blooms from the tip as the plant grows. The flowers are white, yellow, green, brown, purple or pink, with silver or bronze tinges and petals usually have a prominent purple-red midline running along their length. Restricted in their distribution, most species are found in Southern Africa, with some found on Madagascar, spreading into the Mediterranean and Southern Asia. These plants are adapted to environments that experience seasonal dryness.
Special features of Squill
Flowers may have a silver or bronze colouration.