Monches Farm, LLC
5890 Monches Road
Colgate, Wisconsin
phone: 262-966-2787

Blooming Today (March 20, 2012):
Pushkinia scilloides (Striped Squill)

Pushkinia is among the earliest of spring blooming bulbs to appear and its white flowers, striped with a delicate blue line, bring much anticipated color to the garden. In addition to their beauty the flowers offer an exquisitely sweet fragrance, which can be appreciated by kneeling into the flowers or by bringing a diminutive early season bouquet into the house. At only 3"-6" tall this is a dainty plant which combines delightfully with other early bulbs such as Winter Aconite (Eranthus), Purple Corydalis (Corydalis solida/bulbosa) or Siberian Squill (Scilla siberiaca) .   After gracing the garden with its presence for several weeks in March & April it gracefully bows out and recedes into summer dormancy, leaving the stage clear for the perennials that will be emerging once the soil becomes warmer. By utilizing the early season sun before the leaves unfurl on the trees Pushkinia will grow happily even in areas that will be full shade later in the growing season. It self sows moderately and its seedlings are welcomed in our gardens.

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