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Chionodoxa

Glory-of-the-Snow
Liliaceae
Bulbs and bulblike plants, Perennials

Charming little bulbous plants native to alpine meadows of Crete, Cyprus, and Turkey are among the first spring bloomers. Each bulb produces a stem to 6 in. high, with six-pointed, starlike blossoms in blue, white, or pink spaced along the upper part. Straight, narrow leaves are a little shorter than the flower stem. In fall, plant bulbs in rich, well-drained soil, setting them 2–3 in. deep and 3 in. apart. In very hot, dry climates, may need some moisture during summer dormancy. When bloom quality declines, dig and divide clumps in early fall. Plantings may also increase from self-seeding.

Chionodoxa luciliae
Chionodoxa luciliae

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Chionodoxa luciliae

Native to the eastern Mediterranean. This is the most commonly grown chionodoxa; it is often confused with other species. A 5-in. clump of grassy leaves produces 6-in. stems, each bearing 1 to 4 star-like, 1 1/2-in., violet-blue flowers. 

Chionodoxa nana ‘Pink Giant’ (photo courtesy of Ernst Kucklich)
Chionodoxa nana ‘Pink Giant’ (photo courtesy of Ernst Kucklich)

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Chionodoxa nana

‘Pink Giant’ has pink flowers; to 12 in. high.

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