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Barnardia japonica

Barnardia japonica
Barnardia japonica
Foliage in late March

Synonym(s) Scilla scilloides
Common name squill
Family asparagaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z6-9)
Flowers blue (late summer-fall)
Size 15"
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil
From seed germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensearly November

It was a nice surprise to find these blooming, two-and-a-half years after starting them from seed, in an out-of-the-way corner of the yard. Since then, I've established them in several other garden areas. Although their main show doesn't come till late in the season, they are a multi-season plant, whose foliage emerges burgundy in earliest spring, and stays in a neat clump through spring and summer. They obligingly multiply to satisfy my wish to have them all around.
Note: the species used to be classified in Scilla, but it appears to have made a recent transition to Barnardia. I duly updated this page, even though I think I will continue to think of this plant as Scilla scilloides.

The seeds look like mouse droppings!

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: rock garden zone

Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from HPS/MAG exchange. Baggy 70F (80%G, 12d-8w)
  2. Seed from '04 garden. Baggy 70F (89%G, 10-53d)
  3. Seed from '08 garden. Baggy 70F (86%G, 7-17d)
  4. Seed from '14 garden. Baggy 70F (no G, 18d);
    Seed from NARGS '18/'19 exchange (71%G, 25-39d)

Germination occurs over an extended period.

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