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Puschkinia scilloides 'Alba'

White Lebanon Squill

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This white form of Lebanon striped squill is classed as a minor bulb because of its size, but it is a major asset to a well-rounded bulb garden. Tucked between tulips and narcissus, it covers the ground with six-inch spikes of white flowers with a show that lasts for up to three weeks beginning in late March in the Chicago area. The bell-shaped flowers measure about 1/2" across, with six petals that are pure white. The stamens in the center are fused into a little crown that helps separate it from the true squills in the genus Scilla. Each stiffly upright spike can have up to about 20 flowers. It is very long-lived and not bothered much by squirrels or chipmunks. The only problem with this species is that it tends to re-seed into lawns, often popping up 20 feet away. This species is native from the Caucasus to Turkey and Iraq.

Plant Shape
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Bloom Time
March - April
Bloom Color
Landscape Use
Bedding or Border
Wildlife Interest
Resistant To Deer
Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
4 - 8