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Scilla natalensis 'Dwarf' - Dwarf Blue Squill
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Bulb
Family: Hyacinthaceae (~Amaryllidaceae)
Origin: South Africa (Africa)
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Blue
Bloomtime: Spring
Synonyms: [Merwilla plumbea 'Dwarf Form']
Height: <1 foot
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Scilla natalensis 'Dwarf' (Dwarf Blue Squill) - This diminutive plant is a charming addition to the garden with purple-greeen new growth in early winter that turns to a rich green lasting until late fall. Eighteen inch tall wands with lavender-blue flowers in pyramidal inflorescences bloom in spring. Plant in full sun to light shade with the upper third of the bulb above soil and regular to occasional irrigation. Has proven hardy to 25 F in our nursery but may be damaged by early or late frosts. A great plant for clefts in rocks or in containers with very little dormancy. The species comes from eastern southern Africa, throughout the states of Eastern Cape, Lesotho, KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Swaziland and into Mpumalanga where it grows solitarily or in groups in varying habitats from sunny drier slopes and cliffs to moist cliff faces and stream edges from highlands to coastal areas. This dwarf selection came to us from the collection of Aloe breeder John Bleck. The current name for the species is now Merwilla plumbea. We continue to list it under its older, more familiar name until such time as this new name gets wider recognition. Scilla natalensis has been used in traditional African medicine and it known to be toxic to animals and is thought to contains a cardiac glycoside like compound. No parts of this plant should be eaten!  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Scilla natalensis 'Dwarf'.
 
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