Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Puschkinia scilloides

Spring Blooms Posted by Hello

Quinn found this pretty little plant blooming in the front yard yesterday. I always forget I have this plant and it is always a nice surprise when we find the early blooms.

Striped Squill; or,
Lebanese Squill

"Angels in the early morning
May be seen the dews among.
Stooping, plucking, smiling, flying.
Do the buds to them belong?"
-Emily Dickinson

Puschkinia scilloides var libanotica has been gardened since 1808. It is an extremely hardy flower growing to only six or eight inches tall, with sprays of palest pale blue six-petalled flowers that come close to an iceberg white, with a thin deep blue stripe down the center of each petal. There is also a genuinely white form called "Alba."

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