Florets are pale blue to white with a dark blue midrib outside. This early-flowering species begins blooming when the stems have barely broken through the soil and continues as the stems rise to a height of 5 inches. Heirloom, 1931.
Scillas have the agreeable habit of self-propagating freely in full sun or light shade and well-drained soil, living long, trouble-free lives. They naturalize readily in low grass or at the feet of deciduous trees and shrubs. The short stature of most makes them welcome at the front of a perennial border or in a rock garden as well.
For more information on the planting and care of Scilla, click Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.
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Mimi from Washington, DC
Of all the small bulbs I tried in my difficult, shady, clay-soil garden, I previously wrote that "scilla siberica" performed the best...but upon getting ready to order more of the same, I checked my records, and apparently it was "scilla mischtschenkoana" (not siberica) which was the star performer. Sorry if by my confusion, I misled anyone, but I think it was the color of the mischtschenkoana which threw me off; (siberica is supposed to have the more intense color, and it does, but it doesn't perform as well...and mischtschenkoana not only performs beautifully but isn't as "pale" as the pix indicate). I guess!!! I'm not an expert, just a bumbler-gardener...willing to try almost anything to see what works (and then, sometimes, forgetting exactly what it was). Sorry!
Latin Name Pronunciation: sill'uh
Bulb size: 8-10 cm
Plant 3 times the height of the bulb deep and 3 times the bulb's width apart (bulb size varies depending on cultivar; it is hard to be more specific). These woodland plants thrive in full sun or shade.