Scilla latifolia

On my first day working at Montrose, I made a trip to the compost pile in the woods, where I found these charmers blooming:

Scilla latifolia, an autumn-blooming Scilla.

Scilla latifolia, an autumn-blooming Scilla.

Scilla latifolia is an autumn-blooming Scilla. Like many of Montrose’s plants, I had never seen it before. Nancy Goodwin graciously allowed me to scavenge them from the pile and take them home, where I transplanted them high on the bank of my rain garden. I’ll pot a few up to grow indoors, for insurance. Nancy grows them in a greenhouse, but they may also be elsewhere in her garden.

So far, it’s been hard to track down information on this plant. It may be native to the Canary Islands, or it may be native to Greece and Turkey. It may be renamed Prospero autumnale, although those flowers seem to be more on the rose-purple segment of the spectrum. This one produces offset bulbs and may also reseed. I have lots of questions to ask Nancy when I get to work.

These blooming now are short–six inches tall, perhaps–but Nancy’s greenhouse specimen is tall and regal. It looks exactly like this.

I’ll update you with more as I learn details myself. I love getting acquainted with new bulbs!

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  1. Pingback: The pleasure of finding things out: Scilla lingulata | MissingHenryMitchell

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