Scilla is the old Greek name meaning, / injure; referring, it is
supposed, to the jwisonous bulbs.
Scillas form a group of early-flowering bulbous plants. One of the best is Scilla sibirica, native to Russia, Siberia, and Asia Minor. March.
Leaves.—Two to four, narrow, ascending, four to six inches long. Flowers.—Deep-blue in the type, borne on one to three-flowered scapes, horizontal or drooping.
Perianth.—Of six distinct segments. Stamens.—Six with flattened filaments and oblong anthers.
Ovary.—Three-lobed; style slender, stigma minute.
Capsule.—Triangular, three-valved; seeds black.
Of this group of bright little flowers, Scilla sibirica has become a garden favorite. Its blue stars come early, usually in March, and they are wholly, delightfully, persistently blue. The perianth is about an inch across, pure blue, with a darker line in the. middle of each petal; the stamens are blue; the style and stigma are blue; only the green ovary lies in the centre. It should be planted in mass, fcr only by numbers can the best effects be produced.
A number of species are in cultivation; among the best are bifblui, which can be had in several colors; amd-na, very hardy and robust; virna, a native of sea-shores, and autumnalis, blooming in September.
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