Scilla peruviana
Scilla peruviana
Scilla peruviana
Scilla peruviana
Scilla peruviana
Scilla peruviana
Scilla peruviana

Scilla peruviana

"Portuguese squill"

Scilla peruviana

1 bulb — £5.95

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Description

Unlike its name suggests, Scilla peruviana (or 'Portuguese squill') is nothing to do with Peru, it’s actually originally from the Mediterranean! Either way, the vivid blue flowers formed on cone-shaped heads do have a certain exotic look which is sure to remind you of sunny holidays. Flowering in early summer, the lush blooms provide effortless colour and look spectacular planted in bold swathes running throughout sunny borders or shrubberies – they do well in pots too.

Despite this Scilla’s exotic origins, it’s a pretty tough customer and fully hardy in a typical UK winter. It does love a sunny spot though, so do make sure it’s planted in the suntrap area of your garden for best results. Scilla peruviana are very easy to grow, just plant the bulbs in autumn and leave them to it – they’ll emerge in early summer the following year, then every year after that too!

Key features

  • Perfect for pots

  • Comes back every year

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • Great for shade

  • Packed in paper bags

  • Low maintenance

  • Fully hardy

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Scilla peruviana

  • Flower colour

    Blue

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Bulb size

    16/18

  • Established height

    20-30cm

  • Established spread

    10-20cm

  • Plant spacing

    25 bulbs per m2

  • Habit

    Upright

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    1st year

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Partial shade
    Dappled shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Pots
    Large containers
    Borders
    Gravel gardens
    Coastal gardens
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Stony
    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    No

  • Pollinator-friendly

    No

  • Mouse resistant

    No

  • Rabbit resistant

    No

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Other information

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

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

    • Plant your "Portuguese 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 peruviana 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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