Spring Squill is a
perennial plant of the UK, typically found growing in grassy cliffs and coastal areas, to a mature height of up to 15cm.
Spring Squill is an early flowering bulb plant and grows mainly on western coasts of Great Britain and the east coast of Northern Ireland. When in bloom, its clusters of blue flowers make it easy to spot. At other times it can be difficult to distinguish its long narrow leaves from those of the grasses it frequently grows amongst.
Botanic classification and naming: Spring Squill is a member of the Asparagus (Asparagaceae) family. The genus name
'Scilla' identifies the plant as a Squill and its species name 'verna' means 'spring plant'.
Concerns: All parts of Spring Squill, but especially the bulbs, are toxic. Ingestion can cause gastrointestinal symptoms and pain. It may also result in heart problems and death.
Benefits: Spring Squill provides an early nectar source for pollinating solitary bees.
Benefits to wildlife are also indicated with orange icons in the plant profile bar at the top.