Bulbs and bulblike plants, Perennials, Flowers
These natives of Europe and Asia Minor perform best in cold-winter climates. Closely related to and often confused with Leucojum (snowflake). Among the first bulbs to bloom as winter ends. Nodding, bell-shaped white flowers are borne one per stalk; the inner flower segments are infused or marked with green, while the larger outer segments are pure white. Plants have two or three strap-shaped basal leaves.
Use in rock gardens or under flowering shrubs, naturalize in woodlands, or grow in pots. Plant in fall, setting bulbs 3–4 in. deep and 3 in. apart in moist soil with ample humus. They prefer year-round moisture. Do not divide often; when division is necessary, do the job right after bloom.
Foot-high stems carry 1 1/2-in. flowers; inner segments are heavily infused with green. Better adapted to mild-winter zones than G. nivalis.
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