Squill, Scilla, bears a nodding, bell-shaped blue flower in spring. This perennial bulb has strap-shaped mid-green leaves. Plant squill in groups in fall for spring blooms. Plant squill with other dwarfs, spring-flowering bulbs, such as miniature daffodils.
Get to Know Squill
- Plant type: Hardy late winter- or early spring-blooming bulb
- Growing Zones and range: 2-8; grow as a perennial in Zones 8-10
- Hardiness: In colder zones, grow squill as an annual planted in spring
- Height and width: 4”- 18” tall, 4”- 10” wide
- Flowers: Bell-shaped blue flowers
- Bloom time: Late winter or early spring
- Uses: Beds, borders, meadows, containers
- Botanical name: Scilla spp.
- Common name: Squill
Where to Plant Squill
- Plant squill in full sun to light shade.
- Grow squill in humus-rich to average, well-drained soil.
When to Plant Squill
- Plant squill in mid-autumn in Zones 2-6; plant in late autumn in Zones 7-8.
Planting and Spacing Squill
- Space squill 4 to 6 inches apart. Select a spot that is not wet in summer.
- Plant squill 2 to 3 inches deep.
- Plant in groups of 3 to 4 dozen for best effect.
- Soak bulbs with dry roots in water for a few hours before planting.
How to Water and Feed Squill
- Squill needs ample water while blooming; keep the soil evenly moist. Squill needs moderate water when it goes dormant in late spring. Avoid watering squill in summer.
- Squill does not need fertilizer.
- Lift and store bulbs after blooming and after foliage yellows.
- Squill is commonly pest free.
- Divide and pot up offsets when dormant.
Squill Varieties to Grow
- Siberian squill (Scilla sibirica) is hardy in Zones 2-7.
- Two-leaved squill (Scilla bifolia) grows 6 inches.
- Cuban lily (Scilla peruviana) is hardy in Zones 4-8 grows 10 to 12 inches and blooms in late spring.