Siberian Squill

 

Botanical Name:Scilla siberica
Family: Hyacinthaceae/Liliaceae
Other Names: Wood squill or Spring beauty,
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Asparagales
Genus: Scilla
Species: S. siberica

Common Name :Siberian Squill

Habitat:Native to Siberia.

Description:
It is a small perennial plant.This plant grows to 15 cm (6 inches) tall and produces small, violet-blue flowers with blue pollen early in the spring.

It spends the winter as a small bulb, perhaps as big as the end of a little finger. It puts up short, somewhat grassy foliage very early in the spring, produces one or more tiny blue flowers, goes to seed, and disappears by summer.

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This plant can be planted into a lawn, and, if it naturalizes, can give a very pretty early spring display.S. siberica, are grown in gardens for their attractive early spring flowers. It can tolerate light foot traffic while dormant and transplants easily. They are best grown in cool, moist locations with well-drained soil of average fertility. They are very cold-tolerant. It does not do well in hot and/or dry conditions, though it does well in sun or light shade.

Medicinal Uses:
Syrups and tinctures are used as emetics and cathartics as well as diuretics in the treatment of congestive heart failure. It is also used in expectorants to treat lung disorders. It was used by the Greek physician Epimerides hence it is also know as Epemenidiea.

Squill liquid extract, a preparation of powdered squill bulbs extracted in ethanol, is an ingredient in cough medicines and cardiac surgery.

Disclaimer:The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

Resources:
http://www.piam.com/mms_garden/plants.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siberian_squill
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scilla

 

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