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Scilla siberica

Scilla siberica Haw.

 

Siberian Squill

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassLiliidaeIncludes lilies, orchids, and many others
OrderAsparagalesA diverse group that includes asparagus
FamilyAsparagaceaeAgaves, asparagus, hyacinths, and others
GenusScilla“Squill.” Middle English, from Anglo-French squille, Latin squilla, scilla, from Greek skilla
SpeciessibericaOf or from Siberia (except that it isn’t)

About plant names...

Siberian squill, native to southwestern Russia, the Cau­casus, and Turkey is, curiously, not native to Siberia. Brought to North America as a garden plant, it has escaped, and is weedy to invasive in some midwestern regions, and shouldn’t be planted. Pretty though!

Plants: A perennial, 4-8" (10-20 cm) × 1¾" (5 cm).

Leaves: 2-4 strap-shaped, dark green, basal leaves emerge from an underground bulb. Each leaf is linear-oblong 5" (12 cm) × ¼-½" (6.3-12 mm).

Flowers: One to three flowers atop a slender, naked stem up to 6" (15 cm) long. Nodding, blue, bell-shaped when not fully open. (There is a white-flowered variety, as well as white, pink or blue-violet cultivars.) Each flower has six petals and six white stamens with blue tips. This is an early spring bloomer.

Fruits: Seed pods gradually turn purple and split, releasing small, dark brown seeds.

Online References:

Scilla siberica at Illinois Wildflowers

Scilla siberica at Minnesota Wildflowers

Scilla siberica on Wikipedia

Scilla siberica on www.invasiveplantatlas.org

References:

Clemants, Steven; Gracie, Carol, Wildflowers in the Field and Forest, Oxford University Press, 2006, p. 62

Scilla siberica (Siberian Squill)

4/22/2011 · Lisa and Andy’s, Townsend, MA
≈ 12 × 8" (31 × 20 cm)

Scilla siberica (Siberian Squill)

4/29/2015 · Beaver Brook Conservation Area, Hollis, NH
≈ 4 × 3½" (9.9 × 9.6 cm)

Scilla siberica description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 3 Jul 2017.

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Scilla siberica (Siberian Squill)

4/29/2007 · Greenville, TN · By Philip A. Despo

Scilla siberica (Siberian Squill)

4/29/2015 · Beaver Brook Conservation Area, Hollis, NH
≈ 7 × 4½" (18 × 12 cm)

Scilla siberica (Siberian Squill)

4/22/2011 · Lisa and Andy’s, Townsend, MA
≈ 8 × 7" (19 × 18 cm)

Scilla siberica (Siberian Squill)

4/22/2011 · Lisa and Andy’s, Townsend, MA
≈ 7 × 4½" (17 × 11 cm)

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