A popular spring-flowering bulb, but one which is still not seen everywhere like theand the . It got off to a late start – Chionodoxa was unknown as a garden plant until late Victorian times. Plant the bulbs in large and leave them to naturalise in the rockery or the front of the border. The 6-petalled starry are borne in dainty sprays above the strap-like foliage.
VARIETIES: C. luciliae is the usual species. About 10 blooms are borne on each flower stalk – pale blue stars with a prominent white centre. Blue is the best buy but there are other varieties – ‘Alba’ (white) and ‘Pink Giant’ (pink). The largest flowers (1.5 in.) appear on C. gigantea – C. sardensis produces stan-dard-sized blue flowers which have only a small white eye.
SITE AND SOIL: Any well-drained soil will do – thrives in sun or light shade.
PLANT DETAILS: Planting time September. Planting depth 3 in.
Spacing: 4 in. Height 6 in.
Flowering period: February-March.