In spring 2 large lance-shapedappear together with an arching flower bearing a number of small, pendent white bells. The sight and the fragrance of these /4 in. blooms have delighted poets and gardeners for centuries. At weddings it is widely used in bridal bouquets – in the garden it is used to provide ground cover in shady areas.
VARIETIES: There is just one species – C. majalis. The plant spreads by means of underground, branching rhizomes. These produce small upright shoots (’’) which are used for . For large , grow ‘Fortin’s Giant’ or ‘Everest’ – for pink blooms plant ‘Rosea’. Varieties are available with golden-striped leaves.
SITE AND SOIL: Moisture-retentive soil is essential – thrives best in partial shade.
PLANT DETAILS: Planting time between October and March. Planting depth 1 in.
Spacing: 4 in. Flower height 8 in.
Flowering period: April-May.
PROPAGATION: Divide clumps in September – replant at once.