This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V21", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
"The species belonging to this small but beautiful genus of Lily worts much resemble some of the Squills in habit and aspect, but differ from them, and, indeed, from all other hardy members of the Lily family, in having a small, six-lobed corona springing from the inner base of the divisions of the flower, and united into a short tube, whilst in Scilla the divisions are cleft to the base. Only three species of Puschkinias are known to us, two of which, with one variety, are now in cultivation. Though introduced many years ago, they are still rarities in many gardens, a fact to be regretted, as they are amongst the earliest as well as the most beautiful of Spring flowering bulbs, and the fine effect which they produce in the open garden can scarcely be overestimated when seen in combination with the host of fine plants now in cultivation which flower about the same time. All the Puschkinias are perfectly hardy, and of the simplest culture. The soil best suited to them is a good sandy loam, and when once established they should not be disturbed, except for taking off small bulbs for purposes of propagation, which may be done whilst the bulbs are at rest.
In some seasons seeds are produced, which should be sown as soon as they are ripe; flowering bulbs may be obtained in this way in three or four years".