Scilla (cont.)

Siberian Squill

Siberian Squill is an ugly name for a very beautiful little flower. However, we can also refer to it as Scilla siberica, which is slightly more elegant. The colour is an intense Prussian blue, and it has three to five star-shaped blossoms suspended from each stem.

Not only is the flower lovely, the plant is incredibly hardy: it really does grow in Siberia. It is also one of the very best bulb plants for naturalizing (i.e. it will not only come back year after year, it will gradually increase and multiply). Also, it's very cheap to buy. How can you lose? Get some!

Some varieties have a fragrance; I have indicated which ones by putting an asterisk (*) after the name of the variety.

Flowering time:early spring
Plant height:5 - 8" (12 - 20 cm)
Minimum planting depth:4" (10 cm0
Hardiness zones:suitable for zones 1 - 9
Colours:blue and white
Shape/form: 3 to 5 star-shaped nodding flowers on each stem
each bulb produces 3 to 4 flower stems
Alternate names: Latin name: Scilla siberica
Notes:good for rock gardens, beds, and borders, under trees and shrubs, or planted with later blooming spring bulbs
prefer partial shade
Example varieties:Siberian Squill = Scilla siberica (Prussian blue), White Siberian Squill = Scilla siberica alba (white), Spring Beauty* (deeper Prussian blue; larger-flowered, and taller version version of Scilla siberica)

Siberian Squill White Siberian Squill Spring Beauty


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