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Scilla Campanulata         Back to Plants

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(Endymion Hispanicus, Scilla Hispanica now, Hyacintoides Hispanica) Spanish Bluebell. Tuber, not a true bulb, exhibiting no skin.
Description: Long, bell shaped flowers, nearly 3/4 inches long. More than 12 fragrant flowers per stem is not unusual. Stem is round and fleshy with a length varying from 12 to 24 inches or more depending on variety and tuber size. Leaves are set in a whorl around the stem and are strap shaped. They are fairly wide, approximately 1”, and are produced at the same time as the flower, also they keep on growing after the flowers disappear and are quite fleshy. The foliage is not grazed, and vermin (mice and shrews) do not eat the tubers. Makes a good cut flower if cut with a few bells open.
Flowering time: Late April to early May.
Placement: In the garden, they are best placed in a half shady spot under deciduous trees or shrubs.
Plant depth: Plant 3-4” deep with the same distance between individual tubers.
Soil type: Prefers rich and moist soils.
Frosthardiness: Very hardy.
USDA Zone: Zones 5-9.
Recommended planting time: Best if planted in fall.
Origin: North Africa, Portugal, Western portion of the Mediterranean.

Scilla Campanulata Varieties

“Excelsior”
Description: Bright blue, Height:12-24” Bulbsize: 8 cm/up
“White city”
Description: Best white Height: 12-20” Bulbsize: 8 cm/up
 “Rosabella”
Description: Nice, clean pink Height: 12-20” Bulbsize: 8 cm/up
“Dainty Maid”
Description: Pink, lilac on reverse Height: 10-20” Bulbsize: 8 cm/up

 

PLant POINTS

Sizing
In general, the bigger the bulb, the larger the flower. Bulbs traditionally are sized in centimeters circumference (2.5 cm=1 inch) However, some bulbs do not size well and can not be measured in this way because of their odd shape. Eremurus is a good example of this; its long, spider-like arms cannot easily or practically be measured, consequently it is sold by grading it by numbers (number one being the largest of its type, number two being second largest etc.) In the case of these odd bulbs that can not be graded, we ship the largest practical size.

FROSTHARDINESS.
ITo the best of our ability, we have given you a guess as to how hardy any of the bulbs we offer are. Conditions vary greatly depending on microclimate, altitude, soil-type, etc. We have used the USDA chart, which divides the country according to lowest average winter temperature. You, however, are the best judge on how cold the weather really gets in your given area

DRAINAGE.
All bulbs need good drainage, this is more important that any other growing condition.

Naming
A bulb is an under ground storage organ consisting of a series of scales attached to a basal plate ,such as tulip , allium ,lily. A corm is a solid tissue mass with specific points for growth nodes and roots, such as gladiolus, crocus. A tuber is and underground stem capable of producing buds and roots, such as begonia or calla. A rhizome is a swollen root modified to be come a storage organ and capable of the same, eremurus, lily of the valley,aconitum. They are in general called "bulbs". They are underground storage organs developed to overcome adverse climate conditions and capable of producing above ground plants at certain times and survive mostly by division.

BULB DEFINITION.
A bulb is an under ground storage organ consisting of a series of scales attached to a basal plate ,such as tulip , allium ,lily. A corm is a solid tissue mass with specific points for growth nodes and roots, such as gladiolus, crocus. A tuber is and underground stem capable of producing buds and roots, such as begonia or calla. A rhizome is a swollen root modified to be come a storage organ and capable of the same, eremurus, lily of the valley,aconitum. They are in general called "bulbs". They are underground storage organs developed to overcome adverse climate conditions and capable of producing above ground plants at certain times and survive mostly by de vision.

ORIGIN.
If you familiarize yourself with the origin and natural growing conditions of these plants, you can avoid a great many costly mistakes. For instance, a plant that originates from a harsh land-climate will not do well in a tropical or sub-tropical climate, although it might prosper on higher elevations in such a climate.

FERTILIZATION.
Once established, fertilize only sparingly prior to active growth. Water as long as there is green foliage. Fertilize with a well decayed manure or a chemical fertilizer high in P and K and low in N, preferably a slow release type as this is more practical and