Scilla peruviana L.

Sp. Pl. 1: 309 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Naturalised

Tufted plant to 50 cm high. Bulb ovoid, to 80 mm diam. Leaves linear-oblong, tapering at apex and base, 40–60 cm long, 10–40(–60) mm wide, usually ciliate. Inflorescence a dense hemispherical corymb of up to 100 flowers; pedicel subtended by a subulate bract, 30–80 mm long, usually exceeding or equalling the pedicel; flowers blue, patent; perianth segments 5–14 mm long, spreading; stamens equal, filaments broadly lanceolate, c. 2 mm wide. Capsule ovoid, acuminate. 

*CVU, *Glep, *Gold, *MuM, *OtP, *Wim. Native to the Mediterranean region, naturalised in Victoria, with populations persisting from old gardens.

A widespread and variable species, characterised by its large bulbs that are up to 80 mm diam., broad anther filaments, and bracts that are greater than 30 mm long. Various taxa have been recognised within this species on the basis of differences in relative petiole and bract lengths, degree of hairiness of leaves and number of flowers per inflorescence.    

Created by: Andre Messina, 2014-10-07
Updated by: Andre Messina, 2017-05-08
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Asparagales
family Asparagaceae
genus Scilla
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Scilla peruviana in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Scilla peruviana in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Murray Mallee present naturalised
Wimmera present introduced
Glenelg Plain present introduced
Otway Plain present naturalised
Goldfields present naturalised
Central Victorian Uplands present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory