Scilla Species, Siberian Squill 'Spring Beauty'

Scilla siberica

Family: Asparagaceae
Genus: Scilla (SIL-uh) (Info)
Species: siberica (sy-BEER-ah-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Spring Beauty
Synonym:Scilla sibirica
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Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


under 6 in. (15 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)


USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)

USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)

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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Dark Blue

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

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:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Crystal Lake, Illinois

Anderson, Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana

Barbourville, Kentucky

Hebron, Kentucky

South China, Maine

Lexington, Massachusetts

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Westborough, Massachusetts

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Constantine, Michigan

Dearborn, Michigan

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Grosse Pointe, Michigan

Lake Park, Minnesota

Brunswick, Missouri

Astoria, New York

Beaufort, North Carolina

Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Murrysville, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Provo, Utah

Spokane, Washington

Madison, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 26, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

True 'Spring Beauty' is a little larger and more robust than the species.

It's also sterile, so it increases by offsets but not by seed. It would be the better choice where you don't want it to spread uncontrolled---for example, mixed with a variety of spring ephemerals and minor bulbs. If you want it to spread across your lawn, the species would be a better choice.

I wonder, though, how often what's sold as this cultivar may actually be just the species.


On Mar 26, 2012, grden4yrs from Covington, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Started these bulbs from a freebie packet. They are dainty and bright blue. I have never kept them in a moist place. They are in a somewhat shady area growing alongside the arum plant. I always look forward to seeing them bloom. Live in Ft. Mitchell, KY.


On Mar 26, 2012, Easternfan from Moncton, NB (Zone 4b) wrote:

I bought small bulbs about 10 years ago for a flowering plant that was called "muscari". I planted it, it has grown, not over-abundantly, but it is hardy. I live in New Brunswick, Canada. It never gets watered, it has basically grown on its own, wild, since that time. I've never split it or moved it. It is beautiful and a wonderful bright spot on a brown lawn, it grows that early. I've never heard it called Siberian Squill, only Muscari-- that's what the package said!


On Mar 26, 2012, papa1 from Dearborn, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

We look forward to this "sign of Spring" every year. They like our neighborhood. Also the grounds of the nearby Henry Ford Estate are loaded with them each Spring.


On Apr 3, 2011, RosemaryK from Lexington, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Yes, these form delightful carpets of blue every April. The surprise is that in my yard, they seldom grow where I've planted them. Could the critters have had better gardening plans?


On Mar 15, 2008, rebecca101 from Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I love scilla and especially this cultivar. Amazing and unusual shade of blue - bright yet intense, neither dark nor light. It makes a carpet of blue over time. Blooms last about a month - all April here.


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

Gorgeous! Beautiful blue!

I love to see it every Spring blooming!



On Jun 14, 2006, JenniferE from Lebanon, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I love blue, and this flower is truly blue! It fills in more each year. I interplant it with Ceratostigma plumbaginoides, which comes up when the squill is finishing up and provides blue flowers from summer to fall.


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

This popular cultivar, is, in fact, an improvement over the species. When comparing them, 'Spring Beauty' is a slightly deeper blue (to begin) but mainly that the larger flowers open up wider and are outward facing. (So as to lend more viewable surface-area to color.) Not a cultivar to be chosen if the pendulous flower form of S. siberica is what makes your happy.

Just a perfect true blue for a big "splash" or a mass-planted "ocean."