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PlantFiles: Striped Squill, Snowdrift, Early Stardrift
Puschkinia libanotica

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Puschkinia (push-KIN-ee-uh) (Info)
Species: libanotica (lib-an-OT-ih-kuh) (Info)

Synonym:Puschkinia scilloides var. libanotica
Synonym:Puschkinia scilloides

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18 members have or want this plant for trade.

Alpines and Rock Gardens

under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Light Blue
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
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10 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Enasteri On May 13, 2013, Enasteri from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

I live in a suburb just west of Minneapolis.
Striped squill plants grew in my lawn without me doing anything. No idea where they came from, but I love them. They are the first thing to bloom when the snow melts and they keep multiplying every year. They are gone by the time we have to mow the lawn for the first time. I have enough of them now to move several to my rock garden and enjoy them "en masse."

Positive judyhart On Dec 6, 2012, judyhart from Oakland Gardens, NY wrote:

I love this little plant. I had it growing for years in a spot that was probably too shady. I got more blubs and planted them this fall in a much better location - closer to the house and sunnier.

The combination of blue and white always reminded me of denim.

Positive fitzge55 On Nov 8, 2011, fitzge55 from Mukwonago, WI wrote:

This species forms dense clusters. Dividing seems to improve flowering.

They seed nicely, but if you want the new seedlings to spread out, scatter the seeds yourself.

Last spring a seedling of mine flowered for the first time and showed an unusual mutation. It has no blue pigment and is completely white.

***I strongly suggest not planting near muscari (grape hyacinths). The muscari completely took over one patch of these plants and because their first-year seedlings are nearly indistinguishable, it was difficult to separate them.

Negative SunnyBorders On Apr 19, 2009, SunnyBorders from Aurora, ON (Zone 5a) wrote:

An aggressive seeder in our area. Seems to take about two years to go from seed to small bulb that flowers. May not be quite as aggressive as Chionodoxa forbesii (C. luciliae).
Tends to flop.

Neutral flowAjen On Mar 7, 2009, flowAjen from central, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:

They are very cute.
Mine are not spreading at all(I wish they would), I have them in part shade so maybe they spread more in full sun????

Positive ladychroe On Apr 15, 2008, ladychroe from Bridgewater, NJ wrote:

This flower has no presence in the garden, but is gorgeous upon close inspection. Plant many close together with species tulip Humilis for a much better show.

Positive Malus2006 On Jan 8, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

This plant tend to self sow itself into clumps that varies in size compare to Siberian Squill that tend to spread itself out. I have many patches - they do great with other squill species or varieties like 'alba' ,low growing tulip sp. and other dwarf bulbs with Chinodoxa for a example in sunny or woodland (get good sun, no evergreen or structure blocking spring sun) before prennials comes up.

Positive laura10801 On May 24, 2007, laura10801 from Fairfield County, CT (Zone 6b) wrote:

Pretty little pale blue flowers seem to thrive in an area or not very hospitable soil. If they are multiplying, I am hardly aware of it, they are not the slightest bit invasive as far as I can see, and they're tiny and charming.

Positive Marilynbeth On Nov 18, 2006, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

Charming little flower in garden! Beautiful!

Positive ineedacupoftea On Mar 30, 2006, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:

The seeds tend to fall only as far as a bending stem goes, unless it gets picked up somehow and carried, but this is too demure and easily handled plant to even think if it as invasive. The better term is "naturalizing."

Mature bulbs produce multiple stems, and in good conditions can have a subsequent bloom period of several weeks.

Tough and adaptable underused sping bulb.

Positive TBGDN On Feb 11, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Small blue flowers open on 4-6+" stems early in spring. They mature to a very pale blue as they develop (almost to a white). The bulbs are tiny, but seem to multiply rapidly. They add a much needed splash of color after the drab winter months have passed. I have noticed mature seed spheres developing after the blooms fade. Being curious, I followed their development to find the seeds spread from these spheres after they mature and dry out. This form of natural re-seeding leads some to feel they are invasive. However, I don't mind their reproduction. To avoid this simply shear off the flowers once mature or dry.

Positive MartyJo On Apr 19, 2003, MartyJo from Fayette, IA (Zone 4b) wrote:

While it does self seed nicely, and reportedly, ants help spread the seeds throughout the garden, I would never consider it invasive. Of this minor bulb, Louise Beebe Wilder wrote: "It is a flower meant for minute scrutiny, to hold in the hand or to bend over attentively, when its modest charms will be made plain to you."


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Juneau, Alaska
Clifton, Colorado
Cos Cob, Connecticut
Macy, Indiana
Fayette, Iowa
Hebron, Kentucky
South China, Maine
Pikesville, Maryland
Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts
Paris, Michigan
Pinconning, Michigan
Port Sanilac, Michigan
Sterling Heights, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota (3 reports)
Brunswick, Missouri
Reno, Nevada
Bridgewater, New Jersey
Trenton, New Jersey
Averill Park, New York
New York City, New York
Oakland Gardens, New York
Selden, New York
Coshocton, Ohio
Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Salt Lake City, Utah
Blacksburg, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
East Troy, Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Mukwonago, Wisconsin
Kinnear, Wyoming
Pavillion, Wyoming
Riverton, Wyoming

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