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Scilla siberica

Siberian squill

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Key information

Plant type

Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour

Blue

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

As its name implies, this squill comes from Russia and the Caucasus region, and it is very hardy and vigorous. It is great favourite in gardens for its simple grace, just a few nodding open bells in a brilliant shade of Prussian blue, and its ability to self-seed into unexpected cracks and crevices. Planted at the edge of trees and hedges, or liberally in grass, it will quickly spread into large colonies without giving any impression of invasiveness. Bulbs may be planted in pots for forcing even earlier flowers, sometimes at the beginning of January. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Hyacinthacae

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


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