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How to plant, care for and grow Scilla
|Name derived from||Greek meaning wound in relation to the poisonous aspect of the bulb
|Common name||Portuguese squill, Cuban lily, wood hyacinth|
|Sun Exposure||Semi-shade or afternoon-shade|
Small star-shaped flowers on delicate amethyst blue stalks.
Shades of blue.
Scilla has small star-shaped flowers on delicate amethyst blue stalks protruding from broad strap-like leaves. Scilla is found in several different shades of blue and although not common, white and pink variations are also found. Scilla peruviana is the most popular in South Africa, favouring a slightly warmer climate than most Scillia.
The name is misleading as this species does nor originate in Peru, but rather Portugal, Spain and Italy. Linnaeus named it for the ship The Peru that first brought these bulbs to England. The common name Cuban Lily came about because of the populations that thrived after being introduced into Cuba.
They are ideally planted as a border and are an asset to any garden. Once planted in well-draining soil they should be left undisturbed for many years as they resent being moved and erratic flowering can result.
They are very tolerant of the cold and prefer a cooler place in the garden. Scilla are not suitable as cut flowers as the cut stems small of cat urine. All parts of the plant are poisonous.
Propagation & Origin
There are about 80 species ranging from Europe to the Far East with a number of them in Africa. Propagate by the seeds or by offsets