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Scilla peruviana, Portuguese Squill, Giant Scilla

Scilla peruviana

Portuguese Squill, Giant Scilla
Family: Asparagaceae    (Formerly:Hyacinthaceae / Liliaceae)
Subfamily: Scilloideae
Origin: Northwest Africa, Mediterranean
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersBlue/lavender/purple flowersSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Scilla peruviana is a bulb-bearing herbaceous perennial plant. The flowering stem is 15-40 cm tall, bearing a dense pyramidal raceme of 40-100 flowers; each flower is blue, 1-2 cm diameter, with six tepals. It can be grown with little supplemental irrigation in mediterranean climate regions where it sprouts after the first rain in the fall, blooms in spring then goes dormant over summer.

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