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 much of the northern hemisphere. Flat, basal rosette spreads vigorously by underground runne...
Grown for its brilliant red fall foliage and winter twigs; it should be cut back severely in late dorm...
Native to Europe and North America. Tufted mounds spread to 1 ft.; white to rose-pink flowers are tigh...