A shade-tolerant plant that bears spikes of lightly fragrant, lavender-blue, bell-shaped flowers toward the end of the bulb season. Ideal for naturalizing below shade trees. Grows well North and South—California, too. Bulbs are extra large.
|Botanical Name||Hyacinthoides hispanica 'Excelsior'|
|Synonym||Scilla campanulata, Endymion hispanicus, Wood Hyacinth|
|Catalog Page (2020)||135|
|Sunlight||Full or Part|
|Good for Naturalizing||✓|
|Good for the South||✓|
|Depth of Planting Hole||4 inches|
|Spacing||4 inches apart|
|Density||5-6 per sq. ft.|
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Adaptable bulbs that grow in full sun or shade (as long as it’s not too dense) and in any well-drained soil that does not dry out completely in summer. In the wild, they grow on the woodland floor, forming dense colonies in the high shade of deciduous trees. The same effect can be had in the landscape if the seeds are allowed to ripen and fall at their parents’ feet.
Spring-flowering bulbs must be planted in the fall. They need cool soil to make roots before the onset of winter. Cool fall weather arrives at different times from north to south and from high elevations to low.
Please note that the temperature of the soil lags behind the air temperature. You can generally plant later than the windows provided in this map. As long as the ground is not frozen, you can still plant.
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