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Scilla bithynica (Turkish squill)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.2m
Max height
0.2m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Scilla bithynica

Other names

Turkish squill

Genus

Scilla Scilla

Species

S. bithynica - S. bithynica is a compact, bulbous perennial with broadly linear, semi-erect, dark green leaves and racemes of star-shaped, blue flowers in early to mid-spring.


Scilla bithynica is: Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Compact

Toxicity

Eating may cause severe discomfort.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Blue in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Winter

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Can suffer from viral infection

General care

Pruning

Remove leaves only after they have completely died down.

Propagation methods

Offsets, Seed


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Where to grow

Scilla bithynica (Turkish squill) will reach a height of 0.2m and a spread of 0.2m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Rock, Gravel, Garden edging, Cottage/Informal, Containers, City, Beds and borders, Underplanting

Cultivation

Plant 10cm deep in late summer or early autumn in any moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Best in a cool site.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Scilla bithynica

Other names

Turkish squill

Genus

Scilla Scilla

Species

S. bithynica - S. bithynica is a compact, bulbous perennial with broadly linear, semi-erect, dark green leaves and racemes of star-shaped, blue flowers in early to mid-spring.

Native to

Bulgaria, Southeastern Europe, Turkey

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Compact

Toxicity

Eating may cause severe discomfort.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Blue in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Winter


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Can suffer from viral infection

General care

Pruning

Remove leaves only after they have completely died down.

Propagation methods

Offsets, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Scilla bithynica (Turkish squill) will reach a height of 0.2m and a spread of 0.2m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Rock, Gravel, Garden edging, Cottage/Informal, Containers, City, Beds and borders, Underplanting

Cultivation

Plant 10cm deep in late summer or early autumn in any moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Best in a cool site.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

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