Spring snowflake

Family: Amaryllidaceae
Botanical name: Leucojum vernum

Flower colour: white

Flowering period: February – March

Average plant height: 20 cm

Planting depth to base of bulb: 10 cm

Spacing between bulbs: 12 cm

Type of bulb: corm

Light requirements: partial shade

Landscape uses: borders, rock gardens, under shrubs and trees, and as cut flowers

Depending on the bulb size, three to five bell-shaped flowers dangle from each long, fairly sturdy flower stem. Summer snowflakes require a moist habitat (e.g., on the edge of natural ponds). ‘Gravetye Giant’ has large flowers on stems that easily reach a length of 50 to 60 cm.

This snowflake often blooms as early as the snowdrops (Galanthus) but is much more rare. Unfortunately, bulbs are offered only sporadically. Each flower stem usually carries a single lightly scented flower, but occasionally two will appear. The elongated leaves are bright green.