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Hyacinthoides italica

Hyacinthoides italica is a bulbous perennial, and part of, the Asparagaceae family of plants. They also call it the Scilla italica, Italian Bluebell, or Italian Squill, it is native to the Mediterranean region. In particular, to Italy, the south of France, and the north of Spain.

Hyacinthoides italica
Hyacinthoides italica

It grows to about 20cm or 8in tall. The flowers grow on a leafless stem from the center of basal leaves. Hyacinthoides italica flowers from February to May in springtime. It produces racemes of violet-blue flowers. They are star-shaped. The lance-shaped leaves are only about 1.5cm or 0.5in wide and about 6in or 15cm long.

How to grow Hyacinthoides italica:

Grow Hyacinthoides italica in partial shade. Plant them in evenly-moist, humus-rich, fertile but well-drained soil. Don’t let it dry out, but never let it get soggy. Propagate by seed or from offsets. It is generally pest-free and disease-free.

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