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The cut and dried fleshy inner scales of the bulb of the white variety of Urginea maritima (Mediterranean squill), or of U. indica (Indian squill) (family Liliaceae); the central portion of the bulb is excluded during its processing; squill contains cardiac glycosides (scillaren-A and scillaren-B) and scillaricide, a rodenticide.
Synonym(s): scilla
[L. squilla or scilla]


n See squill.


African plant genus in the family Liliaceae; includes S. maritima (Urginea maritima, source of commercial red, white squills), S. natalensis, S. nonscripta (bluebell), S. rigidifolia; contains bufadienolide cardiac glycoside.
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The Scilla sibirica, at about 15cm, produces violet bell-like flowers.
it contains loads of Cyclamen, Allium, Ornithogalum, Scilla, Pancratium, etc') (7), urging Fox Talbot to specialise in a particular plant family, 'such as the curious orchideaferns-aroidea-bulbs-euphorbiacea-cacti- or other succulents or any neglected family besides.
Crocuses, starry blue scillas and yellow daffodils compete for the sunbeams of the spring.
There were a few smaller bulbs, such as grape hyacinth or scillas, but that was about the limit of it.
Next in the layers are narcissi, tulips, scillas, chinodoxa, crocus and snowdrops.
The true scillas include Peruvian scilla (Scilla peruviana), which naturalizes along the California coast and in most of Southern California, and Siberian squill (S.
Ajuga (bugle) is ideal and easy, as are geraniums and early bulbs, such as scillas and daffodils.
If you have purchased or received as gifts any of the spring-flowering bulbs such as scillas, croci, grape hyacinths, tulips, daffodils and hyacinth, enjoy them today.
IN adequately lit but fairly dry positions, some of the Scillas and autumn-flowering cyclamen will do quite well, but you will need to improve the soil first.
In pots - magnificent for mixtures like hyacinths with crocus, tulips with grape hyacinths and daffodils with scillas.
Not for them the simple colours of spring, the clear bright yellows of daffs, the baby blues and pinks of scillas and cherry blossom.