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Caribbean lily


By Tasteyg

Caribbean lily (Scilla peruviana)

Caribbean Lily. Also called: Giant Squill, Peruvian Lily, Cuban Lily, Hyacinth of Peru, Peruvian Scilla, Peruvian Lily, Star of Peru, Starred Jacinth.
A native of southern Spain. It likes sandy well-drained soil, & needs a brief dry dormancy period in July, but for the rest of the year approaches being an evergreen. It can adapt to arid conditions with less water by lengthening its summer dormancy. They are best planted during their July/August dormancy period, but end up being marketed with other autumn bulbs to plant in October/November, when they will already be well sprouted, but will probably not suffer too much from such late planting. It likes to have the head of its bulb sticking above the soil.

It is not invariably a reliable bloomer, but when a good one takes hold, it is a stunning addition to the garden, the large coryme of blue flowers lasting a good eight weeks. If it does skip a year blooming, it is probably keeping itself too busy producing more of its large bulbs, each one big as a fist, & it will eventually erupt more flowery than ever.

Whenever it is lifted to separate bulbs & replant, its blooming can be disrupted for a year or two, so it should be lifted as rarely as possible. It likes to be fertilized after blooming & until the leaves go summer-dormant, as this will help the big bulb recharge & lessen the possibility of skipping a year of blooms.

The plant is toxic. The leaves if bruised or cut smell of cat urine, so not a good choice for cut flowers.

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MMMMmmmmmmmmmm what a fab Blue/Purple :)

19 May, 2008


Beautiful Tastey. Great blue. Very grand like an agapanthus.

11 Feb, 2009


Thanks GT. Similar to agapanthus, but on a smaller scale.

11 Feb, 2009

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