Scilla siberica 'Spring Beauty'
Common Name: Siberian squill 
Type: Bulb
Family: Asparagaceae
Zone: 2 to 8
Height: 0.25 to 0.50 feet
Spread: 0.25 to 0.50 feet
Bloom Time: April
Bloom Description: Blue
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Naturalize
Flower: Showy, Good Cut
Tolerate: Deer, Black Walnut


Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Plant bulbs 2-3" deep in fall. Tough, extremely cold hardy, low-maintenance plants that will naturalize rapidly by bulb offshoots and self-seeding.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Scilla siberica produces 3-4 thin scapes (3-6" high) with 1-3, drooping, bell-like, deep blue flowers with blue anthers per scape. Flowers appear in early spring shortly after Galanthus (snowdrops). Foliage is 3-4 medium green, strap-like, 6" long leaves per bulb.

Genus name comes from the Greek name skilla for sea-squill.

Specific epithet means of Siberia.

'Spring Beauty' is very similar in appearance to the species, except perhaps slightly larger, longer blooming and deeper blue in color.


Crown rot is an occasional but potentially serious problem.


In early spring provides intense blue color to the rock garden or border front. Effective when massed in front of or around shrubs or trees, or planted in large groupings with other early spring bulbs. Mass in sweeping drifts in woodland, wild or naturalized areas or along shady banks. Also may be naturalized in the lawn in the same manner as crocus.