LEUCOJUM Snowflake

It is easy to confuse Spring Snowflake with a tall-growing Snowdrop. Both appear in early spring and both bear nodding flowers made up of 6 white petals. You will know it is Leucojum if all the petals are the same size and all bear a green spot at the tip. It is a plant which does not like disturbance – put the bulbs in as soon as they are available.

VARIETIES: The Spring Snowflake is L. vernum – a tolerant plant which will thrive in both shade and moist soil. The cup-shaped flowers are about 0.5 in. across, borne on upright stalks above the strap-like leaves. The Summer Snowflake (L. aestivum) has similar but larger flowers – ‘Gravetye Giant’ is the best variety.

SITE AND SOIL: Well-drained soil in sun or partial shade.

PLANT DETAILS: Planting time August-September. Planting depth 4 in.

Spacing: 4 in. (Spring Snowflake), 8 in. (Summer Snowflake). Height 8 in. (Spring Snowflake), 2 ft (Summer Snowflake).

Flowering period: February-March (Spring Snowflake), April-May (Summer Snowflake).

PROPAGATION: Divide mature clumps when foliage has died down – replant at once.

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