Scille: la jacinthe des bois

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Like hyacinths and camassias, squills are among the easiest bulb flowers to grow.

In summary, what you need to know:

Name : Scilla
Family : Hyacinthaceae
Type: Spring bulb Height : 20 to 40 cm Exposure : Sunny and partial shade Soil : Ordinary

Flowering : April to June

Offering a beautiful bloom in spring, the squill adorns the garden or the terrace with pretty white or blue inflorescences.

Plantation de la scille

Most squills flower in the spring, offering beautiful fragrant bells from the first fine days.

Group the bulbs by tasks, squeezing the flowers together rather than scattering them all over the garden.

Squills in the ground for spring flowering:

  • Preferably plant your squill bulbs in the fall , 10 cm deep, for spring flowering .
  • The squill will look much better if you create nice splashes of color .
    To do this , plant the bulbs in groups , spacing them 5 cm apart .
    The more there are, the more remarkable the effect!
  • The squill prefers the sun but fears situations that are too hot, so choose partial shade
  • Find our tips for planting bulbs in the ground
  • Here are also tips for planting bulbs in clay and flooded soil

Squill maintenance

Squills that are planted in the ground in the fall flower in the spring , which is the normal flowering time for most squills.

  • Cut the flower stalks when they are faded without touching the foliage.
  • At the end of flowering , the foliage must be cut when it has yellowed and only then because it is at this time that the plant builds up its reserves for the next flowering.

To know about squill

There are many kinds of squill , offering different flowers and flowering times.

The most common is the Scilla campanulata , it is also the one with the widest color palette, ranging from white to blue through pink.

One finds among the most common, the two-leaved squill which blooms in spring and which particularly likes the freshness of the undergrowth .

Spring squill , or Tractema verna is a species found mainly on the Atlantic coast or in the Pyrenees at low altitude. We also find in the Pyrenees the Tractema lilio-hyacinthus, also called Scille lis-hyacinth for its resemblance to the fleur-de-lis.

Finally, the giant squill, more often called Peruvian squill , blooms from spring until early summer. This flower has nothing to do with Peru but only takes its name from the name of the boat that brought it back for the first time from the Mediterranean. Its inflorescences can reach 40 cm in diameter, or even more.

Among the Squills flowering in autumn , we have the Squill prospero autumnale.

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