Striped Squill (Puschkinia scilloides)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Puschkinia scilloides Accepted
Puschkinia libanotica Synonym
Puschkinia scilloides var. libanotica Synonym

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Plant Height: 8 inches
Leaves: Spring ephemeral
Fruiting Time: Spring
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: Bi-Color: white and blue
Other: Usually white with blue stripe down the middle of each petal, but sometimes all-white.
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Bulb
Uses: Will Naturalize
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on Apr 28, 2013 1:09 AM

"Taken from wikipedia's page at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...

Puschkinia is a genus of two species of bulbous perennials in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Scilloideae.[1] It is native to Asia and the Middle East.

This genus is named in honor of the Russian botanist Apollo Mussin-Pushkin. It was once included in the Liliaceae.

Leaves are green and strap-like, growing in twos.

Flowers are borne in early spring in racemes to 6 inches high.

Seeds are borne in three-parted capsules. After seed ripens in early summer, plants go dormant till the next spring.

Like members of the genus Chionodoxa, the bases of the stamens are flattened and closely clustered in the middle of the flower. In the related genus Scilla, the stamens are not flattened or clustered together."

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on Oct 12, 2014 11:38 PM

One of the most charming and beautiful early spring flowers are the ones of Puschkinia scilloides var. libanotica. Each fragrant, short flower has six petals that are white with a blue stripe down the middle, which can be seen in the front, the back, and the sides of the flowers. The overall look is a pale blue color. The plant multiplies by reseeding and bulb offsets, so it is a good naturalizer in the garden. Cold hardy to zones 3 or 4, it is a tough little bulb that will die down and come back up the following spring. An heirloom bulb that's been around since 1805, the plant was named after Russian botanist Pushkin.

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