fall for spring blooms
4" to 6" depending on species
prefers light shade
average to rich, well-drained soil; prefers moisture in spring
hardy to zones 2-8
later winter or early spring
species dependent; white, blue (most popular) and pink
long and narrow, bright green leaves
division is easiest
beds, borders, mass plantings and native plantings
There are several species of Squill, but Siberian Squill (Scilla siberica) is probably the most commonly grown. It blooms in the spring along with Snowdrops, Tulips, Hyacinth and Crocus and often produces more than one 8 inch stem per bulbs, each with up to 6 start-shaped flowers. Plants in this species are often planted close together for the greatest color effect. Small varieties should be planted 4 inches deep at 2 to 3 inch intervals. Larger species may be planted at the same depth but spaced up to 8 inches apart. Squill does not need to be divided unless you intend to propagate your stock.
Like its namesake, Siberian Squill originates from the frozen tundra of Siberia.