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Scilla peruviana - Cuban Lily
Common Name(s): Squill
Native to: Europe
Watering: Water in well at planting time and then on an occasional basis to promote growth.
Planting Aspect: Full Sun, Part Shade
A dense cluster of up to 100 deep violet blue star shaped flowers on a central umbel that are borne in summer on a 30cm long stem. The lower florets extend out on pedicels. The total flowerhead can spread out to 150mm wide are in colourful contrast to the dark olive green foliage which is glossy, strap like and nearly evergreen. Cuban Lily is ideal for planting in both pots and gardens and is easy to grow for flowering in late spring.
Select a sunny growing location, but with afternoon shade in very hot locations and preferably where no summer watering will be done. The soil should be free draining but moisture retentive. Prepare the growing site by digging over the soil and adding a good handful of blood and bone, rich compost or well decayed animal manure prior to planting out. Plant the bulbs 8 to 10cm deep and 8 to 10cm apart. Water in well at planting time and then on an occasional basis to promote growth. Discontinue watering altogether when the leaves begin to die back. A general fertiliser need only be applied if the soil is particularly poor. Protect them from snails and slugs.