Scilla madeirensis
Scilla madeirensis
Scilla madeirensis
Scilla madeirensis
Scilla madeirensis
Scilla madeirensis
Scilla madeirensis

Scilla madeirensis

"Madeiran squill"

Scilla madeirensis

1 bulb — £5.95

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Description

This is both a rare plant and a recent introduction! Native to the island of Madeira, Scilla madeirensis is a bulb that, until fairly recently, could only be seen growing out of the island’s rocky cliffs, or when it was in bloom at a botanical garden somewhere. Now, it is being offered again as we are building up stock in Israel—and it is wonderful.    

Scilla madeirensis is interesting in so many ways—starting with the bulbs, which are large at around 10cm across, and dark amethyst-purple! This is a tropical plant, and not hardy outdoors in the UK—so grow it indoors or in a cool greenhouse. Each autumn, it sends up a stalk to 60cm high, which is topped with an exotic, lavender-blue flower cone. This cone is around 15cm long, and it comprises dozens of bluish blooms held horizontally from the stem, rather like a big, blue bottlebrush. A mature Madeiran Squill plant has around nine fleshy, pointed leaves, each about 30cm long. Some of the leaves may have attractive purple dots on them.

Key features

  • Perfect for pots

  • Suitable for indoors

  • Comes back every year

  • Packed in paper bags

  • Drought tolerant

  • Needs winter protection

  • Rodent resistant

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Scillia madeirensis

  • Flower colour

    Blue, purple

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Bulb size

    16/18

  • Established height

    30-50cm

  • Established spread

    10-20cm

  • Habit

    Upright

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Tender

  • Years to establish

    1st year

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Indoors
    Pots

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining
    Dry

  • Soil type

    Multipurpose compost
    Sandy

  • Growing skill

    Requires specific conditions

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    No

  • Mouse resistant

    Yes

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    Harmful if eaten
    Skin/eyes irritant

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Other information

    • Plant your Scilla madeirensis bulbs from mid to late autumn;

    • Plant in borders or containers in sun or partial shade;

    • Plant your "Madeiran squill" bulbs two to three times as deep as the bulb is high;

    • Space the bulbs about twice the bulb diameter apart;

    • Place the Scilla madeirensis bulbs with the pointed side facing upwards.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 September 2022
    You can expect your order in September 2022

    Orders placed 1 September - 15 October 2022
    You can expect your order in October 2022

    Orders placed 16 October - 15 December 2022
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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