It is strange that this close relative of the Bluebell is so rarely grown.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). Eachcarries about 6 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 for maximum effect, and add 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.