Striped Squill PUSCHKINIA

It is strange that this close relative of the Bluebell is so rarely grown. Puschkinia is an excellent subject for the rockery – a trouble-free, low-growing plant which bears its attractive blooms early in the year. It spreads quite rapidly by means of offsets which can be used to increase your stock.

VARIETIES: The species grown as a garden plant is P. scilloides (P. libanotica). Each stem carries about 6 flowers which are open starry bells – each petal is pale blue with a central dark blue stripe – colourful and easy, yet hardly known by gardeners. Plant in groups for maximum effect, and add compost or peat to the soil before putting in the bulbs. There is a variety (’Alba’) which bears white petals.

SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained soil will do – thrives in sun or light shade.

PLANT DETAILS: Planting time September-October. Planting depth 2 in.

Spacing: 3 in. Height 4 in.

Flowering period: March-April.

PROPAGATION: Divide clumps in summer – replant at once. For each month there is a list of bulbous plants which can be expected to be in full bloom – remember that some of these plants may come into flower earlier and can continue to flower for weeks afterwards.

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