Scilla scilloides was: Re: [pbs] Sternbergia lutea

Jim McKenney
Wed, 08 Sep 2004 13:45:33 PDT
At 08:51 PM 9/8/2004 +0200, Angelo Procelli wrote:
this is the order of apparition of
>the '"characters" of the little spring ( which would be the autumn in
>Mediterranean climate) in my area:

...Scilla autumnalis

There is another autumn blooming squill which has already bloomed in my
Maryland garden: Scilla scilloides (aka S. chinensis). To me, this does not
look much like a squill, but it does look like what I would expect a
deciduous Liriope to look like. I can't imagine anyone getting too excited
about it, but it is an interesting addition to the comparatively scanty
repertoire of late summer blooming bulbs. 

By the way, Angelo, what is the Italian word for the "little spring"? Is it
something like La Primaverella? La Primaverina? L' Autunnello?

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where, glad as I am to see
the late summer flowering bulbs, I can't wait until summer is over. 

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