The Scilla siberica is a genus from the Asparagaceae family. Earlier the Scilla was seen as a member of the lily family but after more recent studies the Scilla is now a member of the Asparagaceae family.
The common name for Scilla siberica is Siberian squill. The word scilla comes from the Greek word skilla which means sea-squill.
This is a very cute little bulbous perennial that self-seeds and produces daughter bulbs. The blue flowers are beautiful and have a very intense colour.
After bloom in spring the leaves will disappear to emerge again next spring. Do not cut away the leaves after bloom until they turn yellow. The Scilla siberica needs those to collect enough energy into the bulb for blooming next year.
The Scilla siberica is an easy to grow plant and suitable for rock gardens. This spring bloomer can be planted under deciduous shrubs and trees and is very drought tolerant.
Attracts bees: yes
Characteristic: newly emerging every year
Exposure: sun/ part shade
Flower colour: blue
Flowering time: March – April
Foliage colour: green
Fragrant flower: yes
Hardiness: -30 ºC (-22 ºF)
Height: 6 inches (15 cm)
Soil: normal/ moist