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Scilla siberica

Siberian squill

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Plant type

Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour






Skill level


Scilla siberica

Plant details

The Siberian squill, Scilla siberica, is native to Russia and the Caucasus region, and is therefore very hardy and vigorous. It bears dainty spikes of nodding, bell-shaped, blue flowers in early spring, above slender, strappy leaves. Siberian squills are perfect for naturalising in lawns and areas of semi- shade, particularly beneath deciduous shrubs and trees.

Plant bulbs in bold drifts and leave them to naturalise. Scilla siberica self-seeds readily and will quickly develop into large clumps. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Asparagaceae

Genus: Scilla

Species: siberica

Plant type: Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 20cm

Spread: 5cm

Time to divide plants: June to August

Time to plant: September to November

Flowering period: March to April

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