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Lindsay's Flora Blog - 13th July

Posted: Sunday 12th July 2020 by trustadmin

Autumn Squill Scilla autumnalis

Autumn Squill was originally in the lily family which has now been split into 7 groups following research using DNA and the plant has been reclassified as being a member of the asparagus family along with plants such as Bluebell and Grape Hyacinth.

The short upright spikes of blue-purple - occasionally white - flowers can be seen, primarily in short dry grassland, before the basal narrow leaves appear. The plant is nationally scarce, found in Devon, Cornwall and the Channel Islands and just a few other sites in England. Here it is locally common – look out for it around the lighthouse and the coastal paths.

Although this native plant bears the name Autumn, it actually flowers in mid- summer so if you wait until Autumn you will be too late! I first found it this year on 28th June whilst walking along the coastal path towards Kiln Farm.


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