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Chionodoxa forbesii

Glory of the snow

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Plant type

Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour






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Plant details

Glory of the snow is an appropriate name for these beautiful low-growing bulbs from Turkey. They are some of the first to flower in spring and, when planted generously, create a dazzling carpet of blue stars with white centres (also white or pink, according to species and variety), each 2.5cm (1in) or more across and borne in dainty sprays - they are excellent for cutting. Flowering lasts for 3-4 weeks, after which both the flowers and the foliage quickly fade from sight. Plant them liberally, under shrubs, beside hedges and in patches on the lawn.

Family: Hyacinthaceae

Genus: Chionodoxa

Species: forbesii

Plant type: Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour: Pink

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 15cm

Spread: 3cm

Time to divide plants: June to August

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