Scilla verna (Spring Squill)
A bulbous perennial herb of short turf and maritime heath on exposed cliff-tops and on rocky slopes near the sea, sometimes within the zone regularly affected by sea-water spray. In areas with a pronounced oceanic climate (e.g. Anglesey) it can occur on heathland well inland. Generally lowland, but reaching 415 m in Foula (Shetland).
There is no evidence of any significant change in the distribution of S. verna since the 1962 Atlas. Within its highly restricted habitat S. verna is often present in large numbers, and its sites are usually too exposed for any major threat from successional or land-use change.
Oceanic Temperate element.
Dwarf shrub heath (cover of dwarf shrubs at least 25%)
Height (cm): 10
Perennation - primary
Perennation - secondary
Life Form - primary
Life Form - secondary
Clonality - primary
Clonality - secondary
Comment on Clonality
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