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Scilla peruviana - Peruvian Lily, Portuguese Squill

Scilla peruviana, the Peruvian Lily, is a Spring knockout with its long lasting blue flowers. In our area Scilla peruviana needs little or no help. The species name is a bit misleading, Scilla peruviana is native to South Western Europe and Northern Africa the name applied by Linneaus because of a ship named Peru. Scilla peruviana does grow quite well in Peru and the Carribean too. The Portuguese Squill was imported early and has naturalized in much of this area. Well drained soil, or at least a slope, minimal summer water, and some inland shade are all helpful for success with in your garden. We have had volunteers, but Scilla peruviana has been a good garden citizen. Peruvian Lily plants are hardy into the teens.

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Scilla peruviana, Peruvian Lily

Easy to grow blue flowers of Scilla peruviana - Peruvian Lily. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

Scilla peruviana, Peruvian Lily

Easy to grow blue flowers of Scilla peruviana - Peruvian Lily. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.

The plants related to the genus Scilla that are featured on this site:
Drimia maritima * Sea Squill
Scilla hispanica * Spanish Squill
Scilla peruviana * Peruvian Lily, Portuguese Squill
Scilla scilloides * Chinese Squill
Urginea maritima * Sea Squill