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Leucojum aestivum
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Leucojum aestivum

Summer Snowflake
Bulbs and bulblike plants, Perennials


From Europe. Easy-to-grow, permanent plants with strap-shaped leaves and nodding, bell-shaped white flowers with six green-tipped segments. Good naturalized under deciduous trees, in shrub borders or orchards, or on cool slopes. Plant in fall, setting bulbs 3–4 in. deep, 4 in. apart. Give some water during summer dormancy; L. aestivum can get by without any if the soil is shaded. Do not disturb clumps until they are really crowded. When this occurs, dig clumps after the foliage dies down, then divide and replant immediately.

Leucojum aestivum

Leaves 1–1 1/2 ft. long. Stems are 1 1/2 ft. tall, each carrying three to five, inch-long flowers. ‘Gravetye Giant’ is a bit taller and larger flowered than the species and bears as many as nine flowers per stem. The common name “summer snowflake” is misleading—in mild-winter areas, plants can bloom during the period from late fall through winter; in colder regions, blossoms appear in midspring.

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