It is named after the Russian botanist Mussin-Pushkin, who lived in the 18th century, but it is also known as Striped Squill or Russian Snowdrop. This low rising plant is closely related to Scilla Siberica and Chionodoxa. Each bulb produces two or three grassy leaves. Between them a stalk rises, carrying thick bunches of silvery blue star-shaped little flowers with a darker blue stripe on each petal. Is looks vulnerable but appearances can be deceptive because this early flowering charmer starts flowering at temperatures below zero. Still too early for bees, but they will find the Russian Snowdrop as soon as the temperature rises. It multiplies freely, but is not invasive, and thrives under moist circumstances. This long flowering plant makes an impact under trees and shrubs, and adds elegance to a border or rock garden.
|Plant depth||2-3 Times the height of the bulb|
|Food source for||Bees and bumble bees|