Signs of Spring

You know it’s spring in Milwaukee when lawns throughout the city are taken over by these lovely carpets of blue flowers. Scilla siberica (Siberian squill) is their official name. They make me so happy!

Siberian squill

Apparently, though, this pretty flower is considered “invasive” because it “naturalizes” so well (i.e., spreads outward from the spot where initially planted). These blue carpets are sometimes even referred to as “infestations” of scilla.

Silla siberica

A characterization that’s a bit harsh for such a cheerful sight 🙂

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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