Scilla peruviana, Portuguese Squill, Giant Scilla

Scilla peruviana

Portuguese Squill, Giant Scilla
Family: Asparagaceae    (Formerly:Hyacinthaceae / Liliaceae)
Subfamily: Scilloideae
Origin: Northwest Africa, Mediterranean
USDA Zone: 7-10?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterBlue, lavender, purple flowersWhite, off-white flowersSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

It is commonly found along the pathways and between the walls of old cities in the Mediterranean, but can also be found in other parts of the world.

Scilla peruviana (ortuguese Squill) is a small shrub reaching a height and width of 2-5 feet and prefers full sun to semi-shade. The plant is drought tolerant, but will flower more profusely with moderate water. The flowers can be found in shades of white, off-white, blue, lavender, and purple and they appear as bell-shaped blooms in the spring. The foliage of this plant is grass-like and it will grow in USDA hardiness zones 7-10.

For those in cold climates, Scilla peruviana is a great choice to grow in containers. When temperatures drop, the soil can be brought inside and stored in a cool, dark place. Keeping the soil very slightly moist and being careful to not over water is the key to success in growing this plant in a container. In areas where temperatures may drop below 30 degrees Fahrenheit, be sure to move the pot to a sheltered spot and cover with a blanket or tarp in order to keep the plant safe in a container.

Whether planted in the ground or in a pot, Scilla peruviana provides color throughout the spring and adds texture to the garden. Plant it in part shade and with moderate water, and watch as it transforms the garden all season long.

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