Siberian Squill (Scilla siberica)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 2 -45.6 °C (-50 °F) to -42.8 °C (-45°F)
Plant Height: 3 to 8 inches
Plant Spread: 3 to 6 inches
Leaves: Spring ephemeral
Fruit: Other: Round pod with three seams; turns purple when ripe and splits, releasing teardrop-shaped seeds.
Fruiting Time: Late spring or early summer
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Bulb
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds
Sow in situ
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Pollinators: Bees


The Top 50 Most Popular Spring Blooming BulbsThe Top 50 Most Popular Spring Blooming Bulbs
By dave on March 28, 2015

We made it! Winter is over and it's springtime! Let's celebrate with a special week dedicated to these beautiful bulbs that brighten our gardens every spring, and we open that week with a look at the most popular of these plants.

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Posted by Cyclaminist (Minneapolis, Minnesota - Zone 5a) on May 3, 2015 2:54 AM

In Minnesota, this is considered an invasive species. It forms thick carpets of leaves in the woods, and chokes out the native spring ephemerals. The bulbs are very hardy, despite our consistently below-freezing winters; they will survive even if they're sitting right on top of the soil and are blown on by the dry and freezing winter winds. The plants spread by seed, and seedlings bloom after 4 or 5 years. Seedlings pop up in random spots several feet away from the parent plants. There are no natural pests.

However, carpets of Siberian squill are beautiful in April when they're in full bloom; they look like sky-blue mist above the ground. So some people don't mind the fact that the plant is invasive. A spring lawn covered in Siberian squill is prettier than a lawn with just grass.

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Posted by Ispahan (Chicago - Zone 6a) on Jul 4, 2012 7:37 PM

An exquisite little bulb that is an excellent source or early spring bee forage for native bees. Will naturalize and spread by seed very easily but, in my experience, will never choke out other plants. It sets seed and the unobtrusive foliage dies down rapidly soon after flowering. I love this plant!

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Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Mar 30, 2019 5:08 PM

Love seeing the bright blue flowers every spring and love the bright blue pollen they have. These beautiful flowers haven't been invasive in my flowerbeds and are a joy to see blooming wherever they're seen blooming. Great for bees in the spring. I''ll have to remember to notice the bees that are around the flowers to spot the blue pollen on their legs.

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