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Scilla siberica ‘Alba’ (Siberian Squill)

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

Scilla Siberica Alba, Siberian Squill Alba, Spring Bulbs, Early spring flowers, While flowers, White Siberian Squill
Scilla Siberica Alba, Siberian Squill Alba, Spring Bulbs, Early spring flowers, While flowers, White Siberian Squill
Scilla Siberica Alba, Siberian Squill Alba, Spring Bulbs, Early spring flowers, While flowers, White Siberian Squill

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.
  • Native to southwestern Russia, the Caucasus, and Turkey. 
  • Find where Scilla siberica is invasive in the United States

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 Asparagaceae
Genus Scilla
Common names Squill, Siberian Squill
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid)
Height 3" - 6"
(8cm - 15cm)
Spread 3" - 6"
(8cm - 15cm)
Spacing 2" (5cm)
Depth 4" (10cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
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 Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, City and Courtyard
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Scilla sardensis (Lesser Glory of the Snow)
Chionodoxa forbesii ‘Violet Beauty’ (Glory of the Snow)
Scilla madeirensis (Madeiran Squill)
Scilla mischtschenkoana ‘Tubergeniana’ (White Squill)
Scilla litardierei (Amethyst Meadow Squill)
Scilla siberica ‘Spring Beauty’ (Siberian Squill)

Recommended Companion Plants

Tulipa ‘Ancilla’ (Kaufmanniana Tulip)
Helleborus Winter Jewels ‘Amethyst Gem’ (Hellebore)
Anemone nemorosa (Wood Anemone)
Galanthus nivalis (Snowdrop)
Chionodoxa luciliae ‘Alba’ (Glory of the Snow)
Narcissus ‘Jack Snipe’ (Cyclamineus Daffodil)

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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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 Asparagaceae
Genus Scilla
Common names Squill, Siberian Squill
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early, Mid)
Height 3" - 6"
(8cm - 15cm)
Spread 3" - 6"
(8cm - 15cm)
Spacing 2" (5cm)
Depth 4" (10cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
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 Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, City and Courtyard
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