tubergen squill

Scilla mischtschenkoana bulbs.There are over 50 bulb species in the Scilla genus. The one we grow at Lurie has by far the most daunting scientific name. S. mischtschenkoana was found in southern Russia and named for the Russian botanist and plant collector, P. I. Misczenko. Sometimes this bulb is referred to as the Misczenko squill. It is more commonly called the Tubergen squill for the Dutch bulb company that first introduced this species to western gardeners in 1936.

The best way to make your garden a home for these beauties is to purchase these fairly inexpensive bulbs and then plant them in fall. (Just be careful not to plant Siberian squill, Scilla siberica, as it can escape to our North American woodlands and become invasive.)

Don’t overwater your garden throughout the growing season and Tubergen squill will come back year after year, slowly naturalizing in the garden. The seeds are also viable, though it takes several years to go from a seed to a flowering plant. The seed pods of Tubergen squill are almost as pretty as the blooms. Once the balloon-like pods burst in late-spring this little plant disappears until they return to grace the garden again next year.

Botanical Name Scilla mischtschenkoana
Common Name tubergen squill
Family Asparagaceae
USDA Zone 4 to 8
Light Requirement Full Sun to Part Shade
Season(s) of interest Spring
Height and Spread
3-6in x 3-6in (7-15cm x 7-15cm)
Flower Color White
Attracts Wildlife Bees
Additional Information
Native range: N. Iran, Caucasus
Location in Lurie Garden Southeast Light Plate