From rosettes of strap-shaped leaves arise pyramids of buds which open into darker-veined, pale blue starry flowers. This is a Mediterranean species, originally from Middle East and it does best in a poor stony soil to flower well, otherwise it may develop an abnormal number of offsets subsequently missing out the flowering, although this is a good way to improve the clump.
Sow seeds at any time covering them with compost or grit 5mm deep, keeping the seed pot in a cool, well-lit spot outdoors. Artificial heat is not needed and can prevent germination so be very patient as many species will only germinate in the spring after chilling or freezing in the moist seed tray in the winter. Grow on individual seedlings in small pots until of sufficient size to be potted on or planted out into the open ground.
Common name:Hyacinth Squill
Classification:Hardy bulb, Hardy perennial