This "white violet" will have heads turning.

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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