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Leucojum vernum

Spring Snowflake
Amaryllidaceae
Bulbs and bulblike plants, Perennials

LEUCOJUM

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 vernum

Grows clumps of 9-in.-long, strap-shaped leaves with foot-tall stems, each with a single (occasionally two) white flower with six green-tipped segments. Flourishes in areas with definite winter cold; is generally unsuccessful where temperatures remain above 20°F/–7°C. Leaves are 9 in. long. In earliest spring, each foot-long stem bears a single large white flower (occasionally two).

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