Amethyst Meadow Squill

Scilla litardierei

''Scilla litardierei'' the Amethyst Meadow Squill is a bulbous perennial, grown for its blue grape-hyacinth like flowers, blooming in late spring, much later than the more popular Siberian squill and later than Muscari which it resembles. Originating in the western Balkans, hence Dalmatian Scilla, it was introduced to western Europe in 1827. It has become much more easily available since 2004.


In its original habitat in Slovenia it is considered an endangered species,

flowering in May-June.
Amethyst Meadow/Dalmatian Squill Meadows in Korenica, Croatia (June, 2016).
Bulbous perennial hyacinth-like flowers. Croatia,Geotagged,Scilla litardierei,Spring

Appearance

Grass like leaves 3-6, 3-8mm wide, tapering to a point. Up to 70 blue-violet flower buds on each stem in a dense raceme, which open into star shaped flowers. Height: 15-20 cm. Preferring partial shade it will naturalise.

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Taxonomy
KingdomPlantae
DivisionAngiosperms
ClassMonocots
OrderAsparagales
FamilyAsparagaceae
GenusScilla
SpeciesS. litardierei
Photographed in
Croatia