Scilla - Peruviana

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The scilla family produces charming little flowers that bloom in spring and rank at the top of the spring-blooming bulb list for naturalizing. Flowers are available in a range of colors from blues, purples, pinks and white. Bell-shaped flowers that seem to open into a star appear in multiples atop stems that grow above the strap-like foliage.

These spring beauties multiply quickly when planted beneath shrubs and trees and in woodland drifts to provide color that will return each year.

About this Variety

It is an easy plant to grow, given proper conditions. The plant goes dormant over summer. Good naturalizer. Good water wise plant and hardy to 5 degrees F.

Highlights

  • Deer & critter resistant
  • Perfect for planting en masse under trees and shrubs, in garden borders and woodland plantings
  • Beneficial to pollinators
  • Naturalizes well
  • Grows well in containers

Exposure:

Full Sun to Partial Shade

Blooms:

Late Spring

Height:

Grows 18-22" tall

Spacing/Depth:

Plant 3-4" apart, 3" deep

USDA Zones:

Grow as Perennial in zones 7-10. Grow as Annual elsewhere.

Growing Instructions

Plant spring-blooming varieties in the fall, before the first frost hardens the soil. Dig a hole to the required depth. Place bulb in hole, pointed side up. Cover with soil and water thoroughly. Mulch in extreme climates.

For container planting, bury the bulb three times as deep as the bulb is wide. In zones 6 and below, you will need to protect your bulb containers. Place them near the foundation of the house or other structure. In zones 3-5, place the container in an unheated garage or shed.

After blooming, leave the bulbs in place so plants can clump or reseed. Leave foliage in place after blooming. This lets the bulb grow and strengthen for future planting by allowing photosynthesis to take place, creating food from the leaves soaking in the sunlight. Foliage may be removed when leaves turn yellow and die back.

Divide only when containers or planting spaces become too crowded. Propagate in the fall by division after they have been chilled for four weeks in a moist medium.

Care Tip

Spring-blooming varieties like Scilla campanulata and Scilla siberica are best planted in drifts beneath trees and shrubs, along pathways and in garden borders. Plant 2-3" deep and 3-4" apart in fall after the first frost and before the ground freezes.

 

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