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Chionodoxa forbesii

Glory of the snow

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Key information

Plant type

Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour

Pink

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Dave Zubraski, copyright GAP Photos (245643)

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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