Tubergen squill

Scilla mischtschenkoana (Tubergen squill) is a late-winter/early spring flowering bulb.

Tubergen squill is beautiful in every stage. Its bulbs are beautiful iridescent magenta and purple. Its flowers are seemingly-delicate white with pale-blue stripes that can withstand late snowfalls. Tubergen squill seed pods are surprising – vertical striped balloons that decorate the growing spring garden.

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.)

Botanical Name Scilla mischtschenkoana
Common Name Tubergen squill
Family Asparagaceae
USDA Zone 4 thru 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 to Pale Blue
Attracts Wildlife Attracts Pollinators, Rarely Browsed by Mammalian Herbivores
Additional Information Not Native to the US Midwest. Native range: N. Iran, Russia, Caucasus
Location in Lurie Garden Northeast Light Plate, Southwest Light Plate, Southeast Light Plate, North Dark Plate, Southeast Dark Plate, Southwest Dark Plate, East Dark Plate

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