Scilla is a genus of bulbous perennial herbs with about 100 species in the family Asparagaceae, native mainly to Asia, North Africa and Mediterranean, with a few species coming from Australia and North America.
Scilla is a beautiful, low-growing plant with attractive spiky, star-shaped or bell-shaped flowers. Different species of Scilla thrive in different growing conditions, often planted to produce beautiful blue colored flowers. These flowers are attractive in rock gardens, woodland gardens and meadows.
The name comes from the Latin word “scilla”, also written “squilla”, which means “sea onion”.
It is also believed that the name comes from the Greek word “skilla”, which means “to injure”, “to disturb”, or “to excite”.
Scilla symbolizes loyalty, fidelity and constancy.
Interesting facts about Scilla:
Is Scilla Invasive?
Some species of Scilla, such as Scilla siberica, can be highly invasive and can spread out of control if allowed.
Benefits and Uses
Scilla is used in medicine for its stimulating, expectorant and diuretic properties. It is used to treat lung diseases, heart failure, sprains, fractures, boils, sores and certain vein problems.
The plant is also used in pest control as rat poison.
Scilla comes in shades of blue, purple and white. The blue ones are very pretty, some of the best blues to be found among flowers.
Scilla can grow up to 60 cm (2 ft) high However, some species are less than 10 cm (4 inches) tall.
Scilla likes rich and well drained soil, with a pH level between 6.0 and 8.0. It will not grow well in waterlogged soils.