Ken Leighton 5 p.m., Jan. 24
Siberian Squill or Wood Squill / Scilla Siberica, Alba Variant Form (Citadel Park in Poznan). This early spring flower is native to south-western Russia, the Caucasus, and Turkey (no to Siberia as the name might suggest). It is a bulbous perennial nodding herb in the family Asparagaceae, grown in the park woodland scenery in the picture (date taken: April 2, 2012). The flowers are usually blue but the Alba white type is also known. The plant has six petals (horizontal or cup-shaped), six separate stamens, and is arranged singly or in racemes. The liquid extracts are used as an expectorant in traditional cough medicines.
January 23, 2013