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Forbes' Squill

Scilla forbesii

Also known as

Glory-of-the-snow, Snow glory

Scilla forbesii in Eskilstuna, Sweden by Hangsna (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Forbes' Squill Overview

Scilla forbesii .is also known by the name Forbes' Squill, it is a deciduous, bulbous perennial plant in the Asparagaceae family. Originating from Turkey, it typically grows to a height of around 15cm, producing pairs of narrow, strap-shaped leaves from the base, the leaves are around 10-15cm long. Flowers appear with the foliage in spring, they are starry and blue in colour, measuring approximately 1.5cm in diameter, with 6 petals that fade to white down the centres. Usually, 2-3 blooms are produced per plant and these flowers are held on loose raceme structures, the flowers are bowl-shaped and they face upwards. It has a tufted habit and is hardy to -20 degrees Celsius, plant in a position of full sun to partial shade, in well-draining soil for optimal growth.

How to propagate Forbes' Squill



Divide when dormant

Special features of Forbes' Squill

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Forbes' Squill

Suitable for rock gardens and for naturalizing under shrubs