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2015-04-10 08 17 47

Plant of the Week! Siberian Squill

Spring has sprung! Finally! That means it's time to get back to my weekly plant of the week feature. This week many lawns are full of the lovely blue flowers of the Siberian Squill (Scilla siberica).I've noticed many beautiful expanses of blue lawns driving through communities this week.

The Siberian Squill is a spring flowering bulb that is planted in the fall, 3 inches deep and 4 to 6 inches apart. The foliage of squill is grasslike, making it a great choice for naturalizing in the lawn. The flowers are typically a deep blue, bell shaped, 1/2 inch wide, and in loose clusters of 3 to 5.

Siberian squill grows well in infertile, sandy soil in sun or partial shade. Because of it's early flowers, this bulb is useful under deciduous shrubs and trees and should be planted in large masses for best effect.

Over time, this bulb tends to colonize making it suitable for naturalizing in the lawn. The key here is allowing the foliage to ripen on the plant after flowering has finished. Spring flowering bulbs need to have energy stored up for next year's flowering, so when mowing the lawn in the spring, be sure to mow a little higher to avoid cutting the bulb foliage too soon.

Learn more about spring flowering bulbs here.

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