How to grow Snowflakes, Leucojum

Snowflakes, Leucojum

Snowdrops. Photo - zorani/

Ephemeral snowflakes are the first bulb to bloom in my garden, usually early in June. They were well established when we moved into our house more than 30 years ago and they have flowered every year since. My guess is they were planted along with the magnolias above them, about 80 years ago. I take my hat off to the vision of the original gardener as they make a gorgeous picture all flowering together. Snowflakes (Leucojum) are often confused with snowdrops (Galanthus), which prefer cold climates. Snowflakes are bulbous perennials with nodding bell-shaped flowers. Each petal has a distinct green blotch. They love light shade and moist, well-drained soil. Plant bulbs about 5cms deep in autumn and they will multiply freely. Clumps can be divided every 3-5 years. Like daffodils, snowflakes look best in a mass.

Text: Sandra Ross

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Author: Sandra Ross