The Scilla Genus (Squill)

The scilla genus contains just under 100 different species of flowering perennials, the majority of which come from woodland, seashores, and alpine meadows in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Scillas are fairly compact, producing fantastic flowers in shades of blue, white, and purple, which are either starry or bell-shaped.

Scilla At A Glance

Scilla plants are perfect for woodland planting, or areas with lots of shade that just cry out for life and color.

As there are more than a few species to choose from, there is a kind of scilla for every garden, and they look especially beautiful in rockeries and as part of naturalized planting schemes.

It’s worth doing your research, however, as some species, including Scilla siberica, can completely take over your garden, and are classed as highly invasive.

Scillia Name Origin 

The genus name and the common name is Latin in origin, derived from the Greek skilla, which means squill.

Scilla Flower Symbolism

Scilla flowers represent reliability, faithfulness, and loyalty.

Scillia Uses

Scilla bulbs do have some medicinal properties, and have been used in treatments for thousands of years.

One of its first applications was to treat coughs, as well as to help treat kidney complaints, used widely by the ancient Greek physicians.

Squill is also useful in helping to treat asthma and bronchitis.

This plant does also have some qualities in treating an irregular pulse, much like digitalis, but it can also severely irritate the digestive system.

It must be treated with caution, however. Always consult a medical professional before turning to plants to help with physical ailments, as this plant is also used as a potent rat poison!

Scilla Growing Requirements

Scillas require soil which has plenty of drainage, preferably that which has plenty of nutrients.

These plants can reach up to 2 feet tall in the standard varieties. Dwarf cultivars will reach about 10cm high at the very most!

These plants are hardy in USDA zones 2 through to 10, and will put on a spectacular show of flowers in either winter or spring.

You can place them in full sunlight, or in a partially shaded position, and as long as you have got the soil right, perennial varieties will flower for years to come.

If you live in an area which doesn’t get a lot of rainfall, you may need to water them occasionally, otherwise they should pretty much take care of themselves.

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