White and Blue Striped Flower Bulb

Puschkinia scilloides var. libanotica striped squill flower closeup
Puschkinia scilloides var. libanotica striped squill flower closeup

Puschkinia scilloides var. libanotica (striped squills) flower after my spring crocus with charming blue stripes on a white background. From a distance, the effect is of a pale blue flower, but up close you can see the perky blue stripes on both the back and front of the light coloured petals.

Puschkinia scilloides var. libanotica striped squill with Pulmonaria
Puschkinia scilloides var. libanotica striped squill with Pulmonaria

Here the Pucschkinia are flowering with the fresh foliage of the Pulmonaria (lungwort). The stripes of the squills look good with the speckles of the perennial Pulmonaria leaves. The bulbs also come in an all white version, Puschkinia scilloides var. libanotica ‘Alba’, if you don’t want blue in your colour scheme (but that’s hard to imagine). I have some of the all white Alba next to the striped flowers in another garden section.

Puschkinia scilloides var. libanotica with Scilla and Chionodoxa bulbs
Puschkinia scilloides var. libanotica with Scilla and Chionodoxa bulbs

These  are planted with some other flower bulbs, some pure blue Scilla (squills) and some pure white Chionodoxa luciliae ‘Alba’ (white glory of the snow). I really like the blue, white and blue striped bulbs together. The striped squills are at the back of the picture, with the blue squills on the left, and the glory of the snow at the front. The glory of the snow more commonly comes in a very pretty blue colour, which I have planted in some other garden beds.

Puschkinia scilloides var. libanotica white and blue striped flower bulbs
Puschkinia scilloides var. libanotica white and blue striped flower bulbs

In the photo above you can see that the striped squills have a slight resemblance to their distant relations, the hyacinths, although they don’t have the scent of their larger cousins. The groups of 5 petals face out in all directions around the stalks, which gives them a full look. Each bulb sends up multiple stems, so the whole patch gives a good display.

Puschkinia scilloides var. libanotica striped squill in flower
Puschkinia scilloides var. libanotica striped squill in flower

These Pucschkinia are getting a sun bath, as the light filters through the bare branches of a tree. They handle shade fairly well, but seem to appreciate the part sun they get here before the tree fully leafs out. Another grouping gets an eastern exposure, with just some morning light, and they do very well, too. I have another cluster of them planted on the north side of my house, with almost no direct light, and they have been flowering well for a number of years. In the deeper shade they do get a little floppier after a few days.

Puschkinia scilloides var. libanotica pretty spring flower bulbs
Puschkinia scilloides var. libanotica pretty spring flower bulbs

It works well to plant these flower bulbs next to some perennials that come up later, so they fill the bare areas in spring, and the rising perennials will hide the decaying bulb foliage. I have some striped squills next to some ferns, that are slower to come up, and also next to some Epimedium (bishop’s cap).

Pucschkinia are robust bulbs that return reliably, even after a zone 3 winter. Some springs they get snowed on, and they just shrug it off, and keep flowering. They really don’t require much in the way of care, other than being planted in the fall, and then the pretty blue striped flowers appear in spring for a number of years. Here is another article showing Puschkinia.

11 thoughts on “White and Blue Striped Flower Bulb”

  1. Oh what beautiful flowers you show:) Here are most of the spring bulbs blooming for some time and now blooming soon peonies. Have a great day / Monne

    1. Monne, we had a late spring, but now that we have had reliable weather for the past week, everything is starting to speed along and open up., however I still haven’t had the early tulips blooming or the Muscari bulbs.

    1. Diane, your friend gave you a nice combination of spring bulbs. The Puschkinia last a little longer than some of the other spring bulbs, and overlap the bloom time of the Scilla and Chionodoxa nicely.

      Rebecca, it is too bad that they didn’t overwinter for you. They are worth trying again, since they are usually very hardy, and have been very accommodating to any site I’ve given them.

  2. I love the color of your pushkinias. You have some gorgeous bulbs! I also enjoyed your previous post on crocus.I am glad your part of the world has emerged from winter!

    1. Debsgarden, there is an explosion of bulbs all around the garden now, so it’s fun to walk around and see what is poking up each day. The Puschkinias in a group can be seen well from across the garden, since they make a thick pile of petals.

  3. Lovely Pucschkinia bulbs! I saw in your previous post showing the Campanula “double fairy thimble bellflower” and absolutely adore them. Can you get them in Edmonton anymore? I’ve tried but no luck. Any ideas?

    1. Edmonton Garden Newbie, I might have got those at Hole’s Greenhouse, but that was a few years back. They are really sweet looking flowers, and you would never think that they would be so hardy here.

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