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A plant of the lily family that typically bears small blue star- or bell-shaped flowers and glossy straplike leaves, native to Eurasia and temperate Africa.
- ‘The hoop petticoat narcissus, snowdrops, scillas, and crocus are perhaps the most delightful subjects for the purpose.’
- ‘Spring kicks off with two million crocuses followed by 900,000 daffodils and 300,000 scillas planted under the trees.’
- ‘On the south side of the manor house, he planted a large alpine meadow with masses of scillas, daffodils, anemomes and fritillarias.’
- ‘Along with the various scillas, consideration must be given to the striped squills or Puschkinias.’
- ‘To naturalize bulbs in your lawn, choose bulbs that blossom and fade before grass grows vigorously and requires mowing: crocus, winter aconite, snowdrops, and scilla.’
Modern Latin, from Latin scilla ‘sea onion’, from Greek skilla.
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