Taken April 30, 2013 – North Bridgton, Maine
Canon Rebel XSi with Canon 100mm Macro Lens
(Siberian Squill). A native of Eurasia that was introduced to this country by the horticulture trade, it is the most lovely blue flower of spring; the 6-parted flowers are about 1" wide, tepals only, and the anthers of the stamens are also blue. Each tepal has a dark blue central vein. The fragrant flower opens in a nodding position, then the tepals curve outward and upward to reveal the stamens. The flowers are usually borne singly on 4 to 6 inch purplish colored stems which rise above a basal rosette of linear leaves that may reach 5" in length. Growth is from a small bulb that is quite durable, surviving digging and replanting very well. Colonies can form and as can lead to “weediness” care must be taken that the plant does not crowd out native plants. As an early spring plant, it grows well in sunshine and in moist to mesic soils and then dies back with the onset of summer weather. There is some similarity in appearance to the Wild Hyacinth but there are enough differences in leaves and flower appearance, especially the single nodding flower, to avoid confusion.