Siberian Squill by goddarb
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April 22, 2011 in Pembroke, Ontario, Canada

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Featured in “Wildflowers of the World” on March 2, 2012

I have finally identified this tiny flower that has begun to spread around the edges of my mother’s house. It is the first little flower to open along the foundation of the house and we love the flash of blue while we wait for the grape hyacinths and the tulips. Apparently some places consider this an invasive plant (Minnesota, for example). But, since it dies back before the grass needs cutting in the spring, we consider it a lovely addition to the yard and garden. However, is it a wildflower? Is its natural setting an expanding area of grass? And how on earth did it get here?

Wikipedia describes it this way:

“Siberian squill is native to southwestern Russia, the Caucasus, and Turkey. Despite its name, it is not native to Siberia.
Description: Flowers have six petals and six stamens, and are arranged singly or in racemes of 2 or 3. Petals may be reflexed to the horizontal when sunlight is bright, but are more often cup-shaped. Most specimens have blue flowers, but the Scilla siberica var. alba is white. The stamens of Scilla are separate, unlike those of the related genera Puschkinia and Chionodoxa, which are fused into a tube. Pollen is dark blue.

After flowering, the flower stems become limp and pods form. At maturity, the pods become purple and split open, releasing small, dark brown seeds. When seed is mature, the leaves wither and the plant goes dormant till the next spring.

Seedlings are small and hollow-leaved.

Cultivation: At 15 cm (6 in), Siberian squill is suitable to be planted in grass, and will spread by seed to form large colonies that go dormant by the time grass needs to be mowed."

Love my camera and am working to improve. My photos are generally taken with a Nikon D3000 with either an AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm lens or a 55-300 mm lens. European shots and a number of more recent ones were taken with a Sony Cybershot camera. I have a new IMAC and play with the iPhoto program. I also crop judiciously. Constructive criticism is welcome.

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  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconalmost 4 years ago

    This is very beautiful! We have accepted this flower in the past…it is an invasive plant…“weeds” we call them!! Lol!! But nonetheless it is also a wildflower! Very well written description!!

  • Thanks so much. I wasn’t sure how you would regard this. It is not often that I get flat on the ground to take a picture but they are so tiny,

    – goddarb

  • Sensei1953
    Sensei1953almost 4 years ago

    Great shot! Mine are just poking up.

  • Thanks so much . When you try for the Wildflowers bubble site – you are expected to produce a description – it is interesting to do that. Teaches me how to find the ones I don’t know the names of.

    – goddarb

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 3 years ago

    A lovely capture, pretty flowers

  • Thanks for the encouragement, I appreciate it.

    – goddarb

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 3 years ago

    02/02/2012

  • What a treat! Thank-you so much.

    – goddarb

  • Alenka Co
    Alenka Co6 months ago

    Taking a morning stroll through your portfolio garden, Beth :) Love these little wildflowers that just pop up by themselves. It’s almost time for our wildflowers to appear on the slopes. The first year I was searching for them, not realizing how tiny they were. Once I noticed them, I could see them everywhere, just needed to get down on knees and elbows and poke the lens right up into their tiny faces :)

  • That’s just what you have to do! On the wet ground almost free of grass – dirty knees, everything. So happy you like them!! Thank-you so much!

    – goddarb

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