Chionodoxa luciliae

Height: 10-20cm (4-8in)

Planting distance: 5-10cm (2-4in)

Features flowers winter to spring

Soil: ordinary, well-drained

Site: sun or partial shade

Type: bulb

Chionodoxa luciliae ‘Pink Giant’ white centres appear slightly later than the other chionodoxas, from early to late spring. Plant 5-10cm (2-4in) apart.

Cultivation

Plant the bulbs in autumn, in any well-drained soil in sun or light shade. Set them 5-7.5cm (2-3in) deep, in large groups.

Propagation: When the foliage dies down after flowering, lift, divide and replant.

Pests and diseases: Generally trouble free, although slugs occasionally eat the leaves and flowers.

Glory-ofthe-snow, left to naturalize, produces swathes of brilliant, star-like flowers from late winter and throughout spring. Plant at the front of a border, in short grass, or in a rock garden where it can self-seed freely and spread. This plant also looks attractive around the base of a spring-flowering shrub, provided the shrub doesn’t cast too much shade.

Popular species and varieties:

Chionodoxa gigantea is the tallest member of its genus at 20cm (8in) high. The flowers are a gentian blue and appear from late winter to mid spring. Plant 7.5-10cm (3-4in) apart. Chionodoxa luciliae has bright blue flowers with white centres. It flowers from late winter to mid spring on stems 15cm (6in) high. Set the bulbs 5-10cm (2-4in) apart. Varieties include ‘Alba’ (white flowers) and ‘Pink Giant’ (pink flowers). Chionodoxa sardensis is the smallest species, standing 10-15cm (4-6in) high.

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