Authentic Wisconsin.  Siberian Squill - Scilla siberica


Siberian Squill in woods between Arbor Drive and Ho-Nee-Um Pond and near Council Ring on April 9, 2019.

Above: Siberian Squill in woods between Arbor Drive and Ho-Nee-Um Pond and near Council Ring. (4/9/19).


Siberian Squill - Scilla siberica (Ephemeral) Invasive

Siberian squill (Scilla sibirica) is a non native plant. It is a member of the lily family (Liliaceae) and one of the first of the spring-flowering bulbs to brighten the landscape in early spring. Siberian squill adapts well to deciduous woodlands.

Bluebell-like flowers have six petals and six stamens. It naturalizes rapidly from seed and it is suitable for planting in grass. It will spread by seed to form large colonies that go dormant by the time grass needs to be mowed.

Siberian Squill was brought to this country as an ornamental but it escaped into the wild and has become invasive.

Other names include: Wood Squill.

Siberian Squill by Duck Pond on April 1, 2019.

Siberian Squill by Duck Pond on April 1, 2019.

Above: Siberian Squill by Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on April 1, 2019.


Siberian Squill is often confused with Glory-of-the-Snow


Siberian Squill and Glory-of-the-Snow comparison.


Above: Siberian Squill with downward facing blossoms (on left) and Glory-of-the-Snow with upward facing blossoms (on right).


For more information on Siberian Squill, visit Wikipedia.

Or, visit the UW-Madison Wisconsin State Herbarium website page about Siberian Squill – Scilla sibirica.


Siberian Squill in woods between Oak Savanna and sycamore tree on April 7, 2020.
Siberian Squill in woods between Oak Savanna and sycamore tree on April 7, 2020.
Siberian Squill in woods between Oak Savanna and sycamore tree on April 7, 2020.
Siberian Squill in woods between Oak Savanna and sycamore tree on April 7, 2020.
Siberian Squill in woods between Oak Savanna and sycamore tree on April 7, 2020.
Siberian Squill in woods between Oak Savanna and sycamore tree on April 7, 2020.
Siberian Squill in woods between Oak Savanna and sycamore tree on April 7, 2020.
Siberian Squill in woods between Oak Savanna and sycamore tree on April 7, 2020.
Siberian Squill in woods between Oak Savanna and sycamore tree on April 7, 2020.
Siberian Squill botanical illustration circa 1896
Siberian Squill botanical illustration circa 1931.
Siberian Squill botanical illustration circa 1818.

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Siberian Squill
Scilla siberica


Siberian Squill in woods between Arbor Drive and Ho-Nee-Um Pond and near Council Ring on March 28, 2021.


Above: Siberian Squill in woods between Arbor Drive and Ho-Nee-Um Pond and near Council Ring in Madison, Wisconsin. (3/28/21)


Siberian Squill in woods between Arbor Drive and Ho-Nee-Um Pond and near Council Ring on April 19, 2019.

Siberian Squill in woods between Arbor Drive and Ho-Nee-Um Pond and near Council Ring on April 19, 2019.

Siberian Squill in woods between Arbor Drive and Ho-Nee-Um Pond and near Council Ring on April 19, 2019.

Siberian Squill in woods between Arbor Drive and Ho-Nee-Um Pond and near Council Ring on April 19, 2019.


Above: Siberian Squill in woods between Arbor Drive and Ho-Nee-Um Pond and near Council Ring in Madison, Wisconsin. (4/19/19)


Siberian Squill by Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on April 2, 2020.

Siberian Squill by Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on April 2, 2020.

Siberian Squill by Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on April 2, 2020.

Siberian Squill by Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on April 2, 2020.

Siberian Squill by Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin on April 2, 2020.


Above: Siberian Squill by Duck Pond in Madison, Wisconsin. (4/02/02)


Siberian Squill in woods between Oak Savanna and sycamore tree on April 5, 2020.

Siberian Squill in woods between Oak Savanna and sycamore tree on April 5, 2020.

Siberian Squill in woods between Oak Savanna and sycamore tree on April 5, 2020.

Siberian Squill in woods between Oak Savanna and sycamore tree on April 5, 2020.

Siberian Squill in woods between Oak Savanna and sycamore tree on April 5, 2020.

Siberian Squill in woods between Oak Savanna and sycamore tree on April 5, 2020.


Above: Siberian Squill in woods between Arbor Drive and Ho-Nee-Um Pond and near Council Ring in Madison, Wisconsin. (4/5/20)


Siberian Squill botanical illustration circa 1933.


Above: Siberian Squill botanical illustration from the former USSR circa 1933


Siberian Squill botanical illustration circa 1865.


Above: Siberian Squill botanical illustration circa 1865.



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