Scilla litardierei
Scilla litardierei
Scilla litardierei
Scilla litardierei
Scilla litardierei
Scilla litardierei

Scilla litardierei

"Amethyst meadow squill"

Scilla litardierei

10 bulbs — £3.90

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Description

Scilla litardierei has a botanical name that is near impossible to say, so let’s just refer to it as the wonderful Amethyst Meadow Squill. This hardy bulb has a big personality! First grown in gardens as far back as 1827, it produces broad-based heads of flowers in a lovely mid-blue, that just verges on purple. In bud, it looks rather like a grape hyacinth (Muscari), with the same mossy greenness to the tight, knobbly, unopened flowers. But in bloom, it is feathery in appearance, with between 40-60 flat-faced star-shaped flowers per stem. When fully open, the individual flowers show a fluff of dark-tipped stamens. Also, the colour stays in the flowers after they have withereda good, strong, clear blue. 

The leaves are narrow and dark green, and as they emerge just before the flowers, are still in good shape at flowering time. This Scilla is ideal for naturalising on banks, or can be grown in flower beds, the front of borders or in containers. It is so highly regarded that the Royal Horticultural Society have seen fit to award it the Award of Garden Merit—essentially meaning that it will not disappoint!

Key features

  • Perfect for pots

  • Comes back every year

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Naturalising

  • Packed in paper bags

  • Low maintenance

  • RHS Award (AGM)

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Scilla litardierei

  • Flower colour

    Blue, purple

  • Bulb size

    6/+

  • Established height

    20-30cm

  • Established spread

    5-10cm

  • Plant spacing

    100 bulbs per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Habit

    Upright

  • Life cycle

    Perennial, Naturalising

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    1st year

  • Sunlight

    Full sun, Partial shade, Dappled shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Borders
    Cottage gardens
    Gravel gardens
    Large containers
    Low maintenance gardens
    Pots

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Loam-based compost
    Multipurpose compost
    Sandy
    Stony

  • RHS Award (AGM)

    Yes

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    Yes

  • Mouse resistant

    Yes

  • Rabbit resistant

    No

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    Skin/eyes irritant
    Harmful if eaten

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

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

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

    • Plant your "Amethyst meadow 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 litardierei bulbs with the pointed side facing upwards.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 September 2024
    You can expect your order in September 2024

    Orders placed 1 September - 15 October 2024
    You can expect your order in October 2024

    Orders placed 16 October - 15 December 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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