• Scilla peruviana
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  • Scilla peruviana

Scilla peruviana

Squill, Portuguese Squill, Cuban Lily
Size: ex 2L pots

Availability: In stock

£8.99

Quick Overview

  • Gorgeous conical racemes of blue flowers
  • Very free-flowering
  • Large spectacular rosettes of lush foliage
  • Moist in spring and keep dry in summer
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Description

Scilla peruviana, Portuguese Squill, is native to the western Mediterannean - on both European and north African sides of the water - and is a herbaceous perennial geophyte with a spectacular conical raceme of blue flowers borne over several weeks in late spring. The large lush near-symmetrical rosette of foliage that preceeds flowering is equally memorable with a distinctly exotic feel to it. Over time it forms large clumps and self-seeds liberally throughout the garden. After flowering, the foliage dies back and the bulbs go into dormancy over the summer when they should be kept dry.

Although Scilla peruviana is often enough seen in British gardens and is easy-enough for anyone to grow, its warm dry origins should always be borne in mind for successful cultivation. It needs a gritty sandy soil that is free-draining and able to dry out in the long days of summer and a thick mulch of grit or bark or both is a sensible strategy to keep it well-insulated during the winter. It also lends itself well to container culture and looks stunning in a terracotta bowl or pot where its foliage is displayed to maximum effect and the blue of the flowers contrasts so well with the container. Containers have the added advantage of being able to bring them in under cover if a truly arctic weather front catches you on the hop.

These are here sold in large 2 Litre pots.

Additional Information

Order Asparagales
Family Asparagaceae
Sub-Family Scilloideae
Synonyms Basaltogeton peruvianum, Caloscilla clusii, Caloscilla elegans, Caloscilla flaveola, Caloscilla grandiflora, Caloscilla hughii, Caloscilla livida, Caloscilla pallidiflora, Caloscilla subalbida, Caloscilla subcarnea, Caloscilla venusta, Hyacinthus peruvianus, Loncomelos purpureum, Melomphis peruviana, Melomphis sicula, Oncostema cerulea, Oncostema cupanii, Oncostema elongata, Oncostema hughii, Oncostema peruviana, Oncostema sicula, Ornithogalum ceruleum, Ornithogalum coeruleum, Ornithogalum speciosum, Scilla candida, Scilla cerulea, Scilla ciliaris, Scilla clusiana, Scilla clusii, Scilla clusii var. candida, Scilla clusii var. comata, Scilla comata, Scilla cupaniana, Scilla cupanii, Scilla elongata, Scilla filangeri, Scilla fistulosa, Scilla hemisphaerica, Scilla hemisphaerica var. glabra, Scilla hughii, Scilla peruviana var. diluta, Scilla peruviana var. elegans, Scilla peruviana subsp. elongata, Scilla peruviana var. flaveola, Scilla peruviana var. gattefossei, Scilla peruviana subsp. glabra, Scilla peruviana var. grandiflora, Scilla peruviana subsp. hughii, Scilla peruviana var. ifniensis, Scilla peruviana var. killianii, Scilla peruviana var. livida, Scilla peruviana var. pallidiflora, Scilla peruviana var. stenopetala, Scilla peruviana var. subalbida, Scilla peruviana var. subcarnea, Scilla peruviana var. sublivida, Scilla peruviana var. venusta, Scilla peruviana var. zaborskiana, Scilla praebracteata, Scilla pseudoperuviana, Scilla pubens, Scilla sicula, Scilla speciosa, Scilla stellaris, Scilla ughii, Scilla vivianii
Geographical Origin Morroco, Algeria, Tunisia, Spain, Portugal, Italy
Cultivation Full sun. Also tolerates some shade. Good drainage: gritty sandy soil suits it best. Keep moist in spring particularly if it's a hot spring and keep as dry as possible through the summer dormancy. Deadhead the flower tops if you don't want it to self-seed
Eventual Height Racemes 30-35cm
Eventual Spread 30cm and more, forming clumps
Hardiness Hardy. A thick much is recommended. The soil needs to be free-draining and kept well-insulated especially during any periods of severe sub-zero temperatures

Scilla peruviana

Squill, Portuguese Squill, Cuban Lily
Size: ex 2L pots

Availability: In stock

£8.99
You could receive 20 Palm Points for writing a review and/or rating this product.

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