Thursday, April 07, 2011

Siberian Squill Scilla sibirica.

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.

Siberian Squill Scilla sibiricaSiberian Squill Scilla sibirica

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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TEXT CREDIT: Our garden flowers: a popular study of their native lands, their life histories,and their structural affiliations

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