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SCILLA siberica 'Spring Beauty'

Image of Scilla siberica 'Spring Beauty'

Mark Kane

Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

SCILLA siberica 'Spring Beauty'

Plant Common Name

Siberian Squill, Spring Beauty Siberian Squill

General Description

This is by far one of the best blues for the early spring garden. Delicate, nodding, vivid blue flowers adorn this tiny early-blooming ephemeral before it disappears underground for another season.

Siberian wood squill is a diminutive bulb that originates from Russia and western Asia. Very early in the season, each plant produces fine strap-like foliage and small stems topped with four to six drooping five-petaled, bell-shaped flowers. Once the flowers are spent, these plants will set seed and quickly retreat into the ground for the rest of the growing season. Their dying foliage can easily be raked away for quick clean up.

This squill is a fast spreader but does not compete with other garden plants. It prefers a woodland setting and organic-rich, evenly moist soil. For maximum appeal, plant Siberian squill among other colorful early spring bloomers like crocus, snowdrops and early daffodils. It also looks super planted with other early blue flowers like those of Anemone blanda ‘Blue Shades’ and Chionodoxa.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • Height

    4"-5" / 10.2cm - 12.7cm

  • Width

    3"-4" / 7.6cm - 10.2cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring

  • Native To

    Eastern Europe, Russia/Siberia, Western Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Blue, Blue Violet

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes