April 22, 2011 in Pembroke, Ontario, Canada
A, shutter speed 1/500, F 5.6, ISO 200, focal length 55mm
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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."