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
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.
Native to many northern regions of the Old World; naturalized in U.S. and Canada. Lush, spreading, 6&n...
Spikes to 2–3 ft. high, bearing attractive coppery rose blooms above a foot-wide clump of furry ...
Native to much of North America. Grows to 4 ft. or taller, 2–3 ft. wide. Thin, finely divided fr...