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Chionodoxa luciliae 'Gigantea Group'

Glory of the snow

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Key information

Plant type

Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour

Blue

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Victoria Firmston, copyright GAP Photos (249085)

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 borne in dainty sprays. Flowering lasts for 3-4 weeks, after which both the flowers and the foliage quickly fade from sight. In autumn, plant them liberally 8cm (3in) deep, under deciduous shrubs, beside hedges and in patches in the lawn.

Family: Hyacinthaceae

Genus: Chionodoxa

Species: luciliae

Cultivar: Gigantea Group

Plant type: Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 15cm

Spread: 20cm

Time to divide plants: June to August


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