Has the Sky Fallen?

Has the sky fallen?

My beautiful picture

No, it’s Siberian Squill (Scilla siberica), a European lawn weed that has naturalized in the lawns of large older historic homes in near northwest neighborhood in Elgin.

 

My beautiful picture

 

My beautiful picture

Squill neighbor

An abandoned house in my neighborhood last spring, contained not only Squills. but daffodils and Penn Sedge, as well.

squill 5

Two miniature, cobalt blue lilies dangle from the top of 4-6” stems, surrounded by stiff green leaves.  It multiplies quickly by seed; as lawn grass starts to grow, the plant conveniently goes dormant.  Since the lawn is non-native, I don’t care if non-native plants grow within it; they can, however, become invasive in a wild flower garden.

 

4 Responses to Has the Sky Fallen?

  1. Julio Martinez-Suarez April 11, 2017 at 3:03 pm #

    These are beautiful, one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing

  2. linda bailey April 11, 2017 at 5:35 pm #

    I just love squill and I drive down Highland Ave and Mclure in Elgin every spring to see them blooming in the yards of many historic homes. We were blessed to have a few in our yard (non historic home) when we moved in many years ago. Maybe I love them because they bloom early, no muss no fuss or because there are so few blue flowers for our zone. I’m just glad it’s spring and they are blooming in my yard.

    • Pat Hill April 11, 2017 at 5:51 pm #

      They are an early sign of spring.

  3. Pat Hollingsworth April 12, 2017 at 7:41 am #

    Well, this is just lovely! Glen Ellyn had it’s share of older homes with naturalized areas like this. A joy to drive by in spring. Thank you for sharing!

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