This section is from the book "Commercial Gardening Vol2", by John Weathers (the Editor). Also available from Amazon: Commercial Gardening, A Practical & Scientific Treatise For Market Gardeners.
The Scillas are a numerous family, and include the British and Spanish Bluebells (see article on "Bluebells"). The best-known and most-remunerative species from the bulb merchant's point of view is S. sibirica, a native of Siberia, with rather small bulbs, and loose, drooping, bell-shaped, starry flowers produced early in the year. There are several varieties, including a charming pure white one. As a market plant the Siberian Squill has practically no value as a cut flower, being too short-stemmed and few-flowered. Its chief value is for planting extensively beneath early-flowering deciduous trees and shrubs in large parks and gardens for effect in spring.