Leucojum

This "white violet" will have heads turning.


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Little known and underused in spring gardens, leucojum earns its name from the Greek "white violet." Larger, but similar in looks to galanthus, leucojum has nodding, bell-shaped blooms borne on stalks that, depending on the variety, are 9 to 14 inches tall.

The plants hold their bloom for 1 to 2 weeks. Leucojum autumnale is a small, fall-blooming cousin.

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Latin Name: Leucojum aestivum Common Name: Giant snowflake Zone: 4-8 Description: Giant snowflake grows 9 to 12 inches tall. Requiring full sun, this hardy bulb returns year after year. The delicate spring flowers are white marked by a green spot on the tip of each petal.

Latin Name: Leucojum vernum Common Name: Spring snowflake Zone: 4-8 Description: Plants grow 5 to 14 inches tall and produce fragrant white flowers with a green spot at the tip of each petal.

Location: Full sun to part shade When to plant: Fall General Instructions: Leucojum needs sandy, well-drained soil. Plant bulbs 3 to 4 inches deep and 4 inches apart. Crowded clumps can be dug and divided after the foliage has withered in summer. This bulb naturalizes well and produces lovely white, bell-shaped blooms and attractive foliage that becomes denser every year.

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