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Scilla numidica

Autumn Squill

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Description

Seeing autumn squill in bloom in early September is always a surprise, because all of its cousins bloom in the spring. Numerous spikes of starry rosy to lavender flowers densely cover spikes to 10 inches in height. The leaves are narrow and strap-like. Although it is native to North Africa, these bulbs have proven quite hardy in the Chicago area. We have patches of it displayed in the Graham Bulb Garden and Landscape Garden. Honeybees swarm to this late bloomer.

Soil
Moderate
Plant Shape
Upright
Exposure
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Bloom Time
July - August, September - October
Bloom Color
Pink, Lavender, Purple
Landscape Use
Bedding or Border
Plant Type
Bulb
Hardiness Zone
9 - 11