Scilla sibirica 'Spring Beauty' (also called Siberian squill)
Deciduous, bulbous perennial grown for rich blue early spring flowers. Goes beautifully growing under the dark purple flowers and foliage of Helleborus purpurascens, or you could grow it near a purple leaved Heuchera. Also good in pots, alpine beds, rockeries and naturalised near trees and hedges.
Habit - neat, clump-forming. H: up to 15cm S: 20cm
Leaves - semi-erect, basal, mid-green, strap-shaped.
Flowers - bell-shaped, hanging to semi-erect, six petals. Flowers are a clear, bright blue.
Sun to partial shade.
Moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained.
Divide clumps in late summer. Generally pest free, but may be subject to virus.
Plant bulbs 10cm deep in late summer or early autumn. Divide clumps in late summer or sow fresh seed in autumn.
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