Scilla

This flower's electric-blue blossoms will have you jazzed up for spring.


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No rock garden or woodland garden is complete without the tiny electric-blue blooms of Scilla siberica. The easy-to-grow Siberian squill self-seeds with abandon. Growing best in rich, sandy soil, scillas bloom both in sunny spots and in partial shade. They also are impervious to rodent damage.

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Latin Name: Scilla siberica Common Name: Siberian squill, blue squill Zone: 2-8 Description: Scilla siberica is easy to grow and willing to multiply and spread. This versatile bulb is excellent planted in rock gardens, naturalized in woodlands, or allowed to spread at the feet of spring-flowering deciduous shrubs or trees. It even does well in the shade of evergreen trees. Squills are dainty bloomers and are best planted in large numbers to show the full effect of their riveting, intense color in early spring. Each bulb bears several flowers on stalks 4 to 6 inches tall. Scilla siberica is a good companion for early-blooming species tulips.

Location: Full sun or part shade When to plant: Fall General Instructions: Plant bulbs three times their own depth, 3 inches apart, in rich, well-drained soil in a sunny or partially shaded spot. Scilla siberica is one of the few bulbs that will thrive when planted under evergreen trees. Siberian squill is generally not bothered by wildlife.

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