General Plant Information (Edit)
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
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

Common names
  • Striped Squill
  • Russian Snowdrop
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Puschkinia scilloides
  • Synonym: Puschkinia scilloides var. libanotica
  • Synonym: Puschkinia libanotica

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  • Posted by adknative (Eagle Bay, New York - Zone 3b) on May 1, 2022 6:30 AM concerning plant:
    Striped Squill (Puschkinia scilloides) is indeed hardy to zone 3, I have had it growing here for nearly 30 years. It's extremely hardy, despite giving an appearance of 'delicate' beauty. And it naturalizes, with a gradual (never invasive) spread ... even in a grassy area, it will seed itself among and between the roots of surrounding plants and, in springtime, make a lovely blue carpet. Highly recommend.
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Oct 12, 2014 11:38 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Apr 28, 2013 1:09 AM concerning plant:
    "Taken from wikipedia's page at

    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."

Plant Events from our members
RoseA32 On March 2, 2020 Obtained plant
paleohunter On November 14, 2020 Obtained plant
15 bulbs. Vanbloem HD
dnrevel On November 13, 2021 Seeds sown
Planted 24 bulbs in layers in pots. Love squill!
dnrevel On November 12, 2021 Obtained plant
Bought 24 bulbs at Lowes. Will buy more online next year.
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