What Are These Little Blue and White Spring Flowers in My Garden?

“Could you please tell me the name of this flower? It’s a perennial and has spread some.” Question from Ray of Boliver, New York

Answer: You are the lucky owner of a population of very pretty bulbs called striped squill (Puschkinia scilloides). This early spring flowers naturally spread but are not invasive. The blue-striped blooms are very attractive to early bees and have a delicately sweet scent if you pick one and take a sniff. Once the bulbs flower, they will set seed by mid to late spring, then the foliage will dry and disappear until the following spring. 

I love this little flower and have it in my own garden planted beneath early daffodils. Striped squill pairs well with many other early bulbs, and is very no-care. Enjoy them!

Happy gardening,

Jessie Keith

Black Gold Horticulturist