White Spring Squills in bloom
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Plant Height: 4 inches
Flower Height: 6 inches
Spread: 4 inches
Hardiness Zone: 3b
Other Names: Bluebells
White Spring Squills features dainty spikes of white bell-shaped flowers rising above the foliage in early spring. Its grassy leaves remain green in colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
White Spring Squills is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
White Spring Squills is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- General Garden Use
- Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
Planting & Growing
White Spring Squills will grow to be only 4 inches tall at maturity extending to 6 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 4 inches. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years. As this plant tends to go dormant in summer, it is best interplanted with late-season bloomers to hide the dying foliage.
This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider covering it with a thick layer of mulch in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by multiplication of the underground bulbs; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
At Dutch Growers, we treat this plant as a "HOBBY PLANT". It is not officially recognized as winter-hardy in our zone 3, however, there is a strong liklihood that it will survive winter. Warranty expires on Nov. 1 season of purchase.