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Glory of the Snow Chionodoxa luciliae

Previously known as:

  • Chionodoxa gigantea
  • Scilla luciliae
Phonetic Spelling
kee-on-oh-DOCKS-ah loo-SIL-ee-eye
Description

Glory-in-the-Snow is an early spring blooming bulb with star-shaped blue-purple flowers. They bloom February to March and the foliage dies down by late spring to early summer.

Plant bulbs in the fall 3 inches deep and 2-3 inches apart in average well-drained garden soil. They need moisture during the growing season but tolerate dry summers. 

Uses include rock gardens, beds, ground covers, lawns, and woodland gardens. They naturalize easily.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bulb#drought tolerant#blue flowers#mass planting#lilac flowers#woodland#naturalizes#rock gardens#early spring flowers
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bulb#drought tolerant#blue flowers#mass planting#lilac flowers#woodland#naturalizes#rock gardens#early spring flowers
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Chionodoxa
    Species:
    luciliae
    Family:
    Asparagaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Bulb
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Turkey
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Bulb
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    1-inch violet-blue star-shaped flowers have white centers and appear in early spring in loose racemes of 2-5
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblong
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Produces two semi-erect, slightly recurving leaves.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Mass Planting
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought