SPRING SQUILL

Scilla verna

Asparagus Family [Asparagaceae]

month8apr month8april month8may month8jun month8june

status
statusZnative
flower
flower8bicolour
flower
flower8lilac
flower
flower8mauve flower8lilac flower8azure
inner
inner8blue
morph
morph8actino
petals
petalsZ6
stem
stem8round
toxicity
toxicityZmedium
rarity
rarityZuncommon

28th May 2012, Great Orme, North Wales. Photo: © RWD
Half the height of Bluebell, but a similar colour.


28th May 2012, Great Orme, North Wales. Photo: © RWD
Population density not nearly as high as that of Bluebell.


28th May 2012, Great Orme, North Wales. Photo: © RWD
Prefers grassy places especially near the sea.


28th May 2012, Great Orme, North Wales. Photo: © RWD
Flowers without sepals as such, but with three bluish bracts at the base of branching stalks.


28th May 2012, Great Orme, North Wales. Photo: © RWD
Lilac to blue petals number three with the same number of similarly coloured sepals, with six white stamens and a bluish ovary in the centre.


28th May 2012, Great Orme, North Wales. Photo: © RWD
Note the way the flowering stalk emerges from the main stem half-encircled by a bract. Petals and sepals may have fuzzy bluish stripe down the middle of the outside.


28th May 2012, Great Orme, North Wales. Photo: © RWD
Petals/sepals are fully separated from each other, and form a star-like shape.


28th May 2012, Great Orme, North Wales. Photo: © RWD
Stubbily branched, with a white bract just below each branching.


28th May 2012, Great Orme, North Wales. Photo: © RWD
Anthers are deep-blue to violet.


28th May 2012, Great Orme, North Wales. Photo: © RWD
Ovary in centre is six-lobed.


28th May 2012, Great Orme, North Wales. Photo: © RWD
Lacks green sepals, the blue sepals are the 'petals'


28th May 2012, Great Orme, North Wales. Photo: © RWD
Developing fruits are six-lobed and turn deep violet.


Easily mistaken for : Autumn Squill but that lacks bracts, has a longer spike of flowers which are more purplish, where the lower ones may droop, and which flower later in July to September and only in southern areas of the UK.

Some similarities to : Alpine Squill has only two leaves at the base rather than about five, those leaves being broader rather than grass-like, and has minute bracts which may be missing altogether. Alpine Squill is also much less abundant and contrary to its name, grows well below the tree-line in many instances.

Slight resemblance to : Glory of the Snow but that has petals/sepals which are white in the centre of the flower.

Likes to grow near the sea in grassland. It does have leaves, which number about five, are narrow and grass-like, and almost indistinguishable from the grass in which it grows. It is sparsely populating, never growing in the same density as does the related Bluebell.


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SPRING SQUILL

Scilla verna

Asparagus Family [Asparagaceae]