Scilla siberica 'Alba' (Siberian Squill)
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Scilla siberica 'Alba' (Siberian Squill)

Siberian Squill 'Alba', Wood Squill 'Alba', Bluebell 'Alba'


One of the earliest spring bloomers, Scilla siberica 'Alba' is a bulbous perennial boasting pure white, bell-shaped, nodding flowers (2-5 per stem) in early to mid spring. Each bulb produces 3 to 4 flower stems above 2-4 broadly-linear, green leaves. Easy to grow, this is one of the most winter hardy of the scillas and can be found in hardiness zone 2. A great naturalizer, it multiplies and comes back year after year, turning the landscape into a sea of white. Looks best when planted in large drifts.

  • Grows up to 3-6 in. tall and wide (7-15 cm).
  • Thrives in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade.
  • Stunning when massed around shrubs or trees, in sweeping drifts in woodlands or wild areas or naturalized in the lawn.
  • It combines nicely with Chionodoxa (Glory-of-the-Snow), which flowers a bit earlier and overlaps with Galanthus (Snowdrops). And it stays around to greet the earliest daffodils!
  • Propagate by seed or divide offsets when dormant
  • This plant has high severity poison characteristics. Leaves, blooms, bulbs and seeds are all toxic.
  • Toxic to humans, dogs, and cats.

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Requirements

Hardiness 2 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, A2, A3
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Scilla - Squills
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Height 3" – 6" (7cm – 15cm)
Spread 3" – 6" (7cm – 15cm)
Spacing 2" (5cm)
Depth 4" (10cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Patio and Containers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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Requirements

Hardiness 2 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, A2, A3
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Scilla - Squills
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Height 3" – 6" (7cm – 15cm)
Spread 3" – 6" (7cm – 15cm)
Spacing 2" (5cm)
Depth 4" (10cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Patio and Containers, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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