Scilla is a large genus in the Hyacinthaceae family (or most recently in the subfamily Scilloideae under the umbrella of the Asparagaceae) with most species found in Europe, North Africa and western to central Africa. There are also species from tropical Africa, India, and South Africa. Some are winter growing and some are summer growing. Some prefer part shade that doesn't dry out in summer and others prefer sun with summer dry. Scilla was the topic of the week in December 2003. We were provided with an excellent Introduction by Jerry Flintoff. It was proposed by a number of taxonomists to break this genus into many smaller genera, some with only a few species. For more information about the proposed changes consult Julian Slade's post. Many years later some of these changes, but not all, have been accepted.

Many taxa have been moved into different or new genera, or proposed genera such as:

xChionoscilla is a wiki page for hybrids between the genus Scilla and the genus Chionodoxa which in the proposed classification is included in the genus Scilla.

Here are a few representative pictures of species that have been retained in the genus Scilla:

Scilla bifolia, 19th April 2014, Rimmer de VriesScilla dimartinoi, closeup, Angelo PorcelliScilla hughii, Susan HayekScilla messeniaca, John LonsdaleScilla rosenii, Oron PeriScilla siberica, February 2015, Travis Owen

For more photos and information about the species click on the name in the table below: Scilla A-L - Scilla M-Z

Species of Scilla sensu lato*
Scilla albinerve Scilla arsusiana Scilla autumnalis Scilla bifolia
Scilla cilicica Scilla cretica Scilla dimartinoi Scilla dracomontana
Scilla greilhuberi Scilla haemorrhoidalis Scilla haemorrhoidalis Scilla hughii
Scilla hyacinthoides Scilla ingridiae Scilla japonica Scilla libanotica
Scilla lilio-hyacinthus Scilla lingulata Scilla litardierei Scilla luciliae
Scilla madeirensis Scilla mauritanica Scilla melaina Scilla messeniaca
Scilla mischtschenkoana Scilla monophyllos Scilla morrisii Scilla natalensis
Scilla nervosa Scilla peruviana Scilla puschkinioides Scilla ramburei
Scilla rigidifolia Scilla rosenii Scilla scilloides Scilla sardensis
Scilla sibirica Scilla vardaria Scilla verna Scilla vincentina

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