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Chionodoxa luciliae
Chionodoxa luciliae

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Zones A2, A3, 1-7, 14-20, 31-43
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Chionodoxa luciliae

Glory Of The Snow
Liliaceae
Bulbs and bulblike plants, Perennials

CHIONODOXA

Charming little bulbous plants native to alpine meadows of Crete, Cyprus, and Turkey are among first to bloom in spring. Each bulb produces a stem to 6 in. high, with six-pointed, starlike blossoms in blue, white, or pink spaced along upper part. Straight, narrow leaves are a little shorter than 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; 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. Earliest spring.

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