UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA
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UC Master Gardeners, Santa Clara County, CA

Water Wise Plants

Scilla peruviana

SILL-ah per-u-vee-AN-uh
Common Name
Giant Scilla
Plant Type
Mature Size
Less than 1 ft. tall
Water Requirements
Low: water every three weeks until the root ball is wet
Sun/Shade Requirements
Full sun
Flower Color
Blue, white
Maintenance- Design- Planting Tips

This bulb with its dome shaped cluster of blue flowers is a real show stopper when it blooms in the spring.

Scilla, which is from the Mediterranean Basin, is well suited for our climate. The flowers and strappy foliage will disappear in the summer's heat. The leaves will reappear with winter rains. Going dormant in the summer is an adaptation many plants from summer-dry climates use to survive.

PADG notes: Although our Scilla plants are in beds that receive water every three weeks in the dry season, some of our gardeners have had success at home in beds that only receive winter rains.

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