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Leucojum vernum

Spring snowflake

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Key information

Plant type

Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour

White

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by bbc.co.uk/gardening

Plant details

The spring snowflake is much larger than its relation the snowdrop, the flowers are held on long stems that droop gracefully. Whereas snowdrops have three main petals and three more tiny inner ones, the six petals of this snowflake are all the same length, with conspicuous markings at their tips. It is an easy-to-grow plant that multiplies freely in most gardens provided the soil is moist enough. Plants have been known to withstand flooding and standing water, and it is an ideal choice for bog gardens and pond-side plantings.

Family: Amaryllidaceae

Genus: Leucojum

Species: vernum

Plant type: Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 10cm

Time to divide plants: May to June


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