Puschkinia

Puschkinia is a genus of three known species of bulbous perennials in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Scilloideae. The genus Puschkinia was erected by Johann Friedrich Adam in 1805, named in honour of the Russian botanist Apollo Mussin-Pushkin. It is native to the Caucasus and the Middle East. Puschkinia scilloides is grown as an ornamental bulbous plant. The leaves are green, strap-like, and grow in pairs. The flowers are borne in early spring in racemes up to about 25 cm (10 in) high. The six tepals are joined at the base to form a tube to about half their length. Like members of the genus Chionodoxa, the bases of the stamens are flattened and closely clustered in the middle of the flower; however, unlike Chionodoxa, they are joined to form a cup or corona. In the related genus Scilla (squills), the stamens are not flattened or clustered together. Seeds are borne in three-parted capsules. After the seed ripens in early summer, the plants become dormant until the next spring. Credit: Wikipedia.