Thursday, March 15, 2012

Portugese Squill or Scilla peruviana

Portugese Squill, Scilla peruviana, blooming at Walter Andersen's Nursery. Despite the name, these are not native to Peru. In fact, they are natives of the Mediteranean region of Iberia, Italy and North Africa. The flowers bloom sequentially, allowing one flower stem to bloom for an extended period of time. While stunningly beautiful, they are not recommended as cut flowers as the bruised foliage reputedly smells of cat urine. If you're thinking of putting one of these beauties in a corner of your yard, they grow best in zones 8, 9 and 10.

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