Scilla (cont.)

The last two Scillas I will consider are the English Bluebell (Scilla non-scripta) and the Scilla tubergeniana:

English Bluebells

English Bluebells are a lovely shade of violet-blue. Each plant can produce as many as 100 bell-shaped blossoms, which have a wonderful honey fragrance. These plants naturalize very well (i.e. come back year after year, and gradually multiply).

And if all that weren't enough, they are extremely tolerant of wet soils. If you have a damp patch in your garden you didn't know what to do with, English Bluebell will grow there very happily.

Flowering time:mid spring
Plant height:8 - 18" (20 - 50 cm)
Minimum planting depth:2" (5 cm)
Hardiness zones:suitable for zones 5 - 7
Shape/form:many small bell-shaped flowers hanging from an upright stalk
leaves form an encircling clump
Alternate names:British Bluebell, Scilla nutans, Scilla non-scripta, Endymion non-scriptus
Correct Latin name: Hyacinthoides non-scripta
Notes: Plant under trees or shrubs, in rock gardens, in beds or borders; good as cut flowers
Will tolerate all except hot dry growing conditions

Plants which have a fragrance, I have indicated by putting an asterisk (*) after the name.

English Bluebells* Scilla tubergeniana

Scilla tubergeniana

This Scilla was introduced to the Netherlands from Iran in 1931 by the Dutch firm, Tubergen. It is one of the shortest of the Scillas, but shouldn't be despised because of this. It has several excellent features: Not bad for an insignificant little Scilla!

The bulbs are not available everywhere, but many mail order and on-line catalogues do offer them. I suggest you start with: John Scheeper Inc, McClure & Zimmerman, Van Engelen Inc, or Botanus.

Flowering time:very early spring
Plant height:3 - 8"
Minimum planting depth:4"
Hardiness zones:suitable for zones 3 to 9
also suitable for zone 2 if bed is covered with a deep layer of mulch in the fall
Colours:white with a blue midrib vein in the center of each petal; brilliant yellow stamens
Shape/form:numerous star-shaped blooms dependent from a short stalk
Alternate names:Correct Latin name: Scilla mischtschenkoana
Notes: good for lawns, rock gardens, woodland gardens, under trees and shrubs, and in beds and borders; grows very well in light shade, and in dry woodlands

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