Day 79: wood squill

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


Only a few inches high, the blue of a single wood squill (Scilla siberica) is enough to stop you in your tracks – a carpet of them would challenge our native bluebells. There’s often confusion between Scilla and its two near relatives Chionodoxa and Pushkinia, but really only from people who aren’t looking hard enough. Both the latter have characteristic raised centres where the stamens are fused together, while on Scilla each delicate, blue pollen-bearing stamen is perfectly distinct. Well worth getting down into the leaf litter to gaze upon for a while.

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