Siberian Squill - Scilla siberica

The genus Scilla of the Lily family is a group of early spring perennials from Europe, Africa, and Asia with more than 100 species, of which several are grown as ornamentals. The bright blue flowers of Siberian squill (Scilla siberica) are one of the first of the spring-flowering bulbs to brighten up the landscape in early spring. Despite the name, it is not from Siberia, but from other areas of Russia and Eurasia. It is a very tough plant, however, and has escaped gardens and can now be found in rich woodland areas next to residential areas. I'm not sure if the plantings are deliberate in these area or if rodents distribute the bulbs to the wild. Just another very nice spring ephemeral.


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