Scilla autumnalis Asparagaceae Autumn Squill

Flower Leaves Seed head

Scilla autumnalis 12kb

Description - This miniature lily is like a tiny Bluebell, except that the flowers do not all hang downwards. Each flower spike is about 7cm high, bearing 5-10 individual flowers, which are blue with a hint of purple. Simple narrow green leaves occur in the Spring, but are long gone by the time the flower stem arises.

Habitat - Short coastal turf, and even bare ground on the cliffs and commons, and along the west coast and islets.

Comment - The first flowers appear around the end of July, causing us alarm at the thought that Autumn will soon be upon us. Some years areas of the common are a sea of blue with the flowers of this little plant in August.

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