What am I seeing? Scilla siberica (Siberian Squill)

107_0192It’s the closest we will get in these parts to the lavender fields of Provence and though the lovely little Siberian squill is the scourge of wildflower enthusiasts, the spendor of it en masse is undeniable. It stops you in your tracks this time of year. It’s an aggressive spreader, true, maybe even invasive, but I don’t believe so much so that it should be avoided. Limit it to your home, cultivated garden and keep it out of naturalized areas where it will compete with natives. It grows from a bulb, so consider adding it to your fall planting regime.

Native to Russia, the Siberian squill is left alone by deer and it a necessary pick-me-up in northern gardens.




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