Leucojum vernum

spring snowflake

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Outstanding Qualities

Leucojum vernum is a bulbous perennial with erect, strap-shaped, glossy dark-green leaves to 10 inches. In early spring leafless stems that are up to 12-inches bear 1 or 2 bell-shaped, 1-inch green-tipped white flowers. This species will produce a robust clump over time. Leucojum vernum makes its mark in the spring garden and by summer has gone dormant and is just a memory. spring Snowflake is a great naturalizer and looks good with other spring ephemerals such as tulips and daffodils. It is also a good choice for planting between later-season perennials.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: upright bulb

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 1 ft. 0 in. (0.30 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 0 ft. 6 in. (0.15 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light or open shade

Water Requirements: occasional during dry weather

Resistant to: deer

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: pink, lavender, yellow

Great Color Partners: dark green, white

Culture Notes
Spring snowflake grows best in full sun to light or open shade. Like daffodils, grow them under shrubs and trees that are leafless in late winter and early spring. This bulb likes a moist to well-drained soil, but will tolerate sand or clay. It prefers not to completely dry out in the summer while dormant. Plant it in a location with occasional water during dry weather. It is best to plant the bulbs in fall. The foliage can be cut back in early summer once it has started to yellow.