Striped Squill BULBS, Puschkinia scilloides, SPRING FLOWERS
Puschkinia (Striped Squill) excellent for rock garden
Puschkinia are excellent for planting in a rock garden, in between shrubs or in pots. Naturalize under mature trees. It will successfully grow almost anywhere, as long as there is proper drainage. Puschkinia scilloides, commonly called striped squill, grows in a small clump to 4-6” tall. Each bulb typically produces two dark green strap-shaped leaves and a flower scape bearing 3-6 pale blue star-like flowers in a loose terminal raceme. Each flower petal has a blue inside center stripe, though some entirely white-petaled forms may be found. Flowers are fragrant. Blooms late winter to early spring.
Easily grown in medium moisture, well-drained sandy or gritty soils in full sun to part shade. Plant bulbs 2-3” deep and 3” apart in fall. Naturalizes by both self-seeding and bulb offsets. Goes dormant by late spring. Foliage should not be mowed or otherwise removed after bloom until it turns yellow.Plant puschkinia bulbs in the fall in well-drained soil, in either sun or partial shade. When planting in beds, try leaving 2 to 3 inches between each bulb. If planting in containers, you can cluster them more closely together. Following the general rule of bulb planting depth, Puschkinia bulbs need twice their height of soil above them, so plant them 2 to 3 inches deep.
Leave the bulbs alone during their winter growing months. Striped Squill bulbs naturalize easily and usually come back every year for at least the first 3 years.