Chionodoxa luciliae, C. gigantea
Glory of the Snow
- gigantea (Blue flowers with white heart)
- luciliae (Blue flowers)
- A. Flowering Characteristics
- Chionodoxa spp. flower in early spring (Feb/March)
and are 4-6 inches tall.
- B. General Characteristics
- 1. Origin of species: Asia Minor
- 2. Common names: Glory of the Snow
- 3. Geophyte organ: Bulb
- 4. Hardiness type: Hardy II - Injured at temperatures
below 14 degrees F (-10C) when planted.
- 5. Natural reproductive systems and growth and development
requirements: Reproduces by offset bulblets and requires a warm (60 to
70F) - cool (20 to 30F) - warm (35 to 55F) annual thermoperiodic cycle.
- 6. Primary uses: Rock gardens, beds, ground covers, lawns,
and woodland gardens.
- C. Cultural Information
- 1. Bulb sizes: 4/5 and 5/up cm, in circumference
- 2. Planting density: 1 inch apart, 60 per sq. ft.
- 3. Planting depth: 5 inches to base of the bulb.
- 4. Planting time: Fall
- 5. Climatic zone habit: 1990 USDA Climatic Zone 3 with
mulch, Zones 4 to 7 without mulch.
- 6. Light requirements: Full sunlight, to PM or AM only
sunlight, to 25% shade.
- 7. Moisture: Tolerates summer drought. Requires moisture
during growing season.
- 8. Animal susceptibility: Not reported.
- D. Companion Plants:
- Chaenomeles japonica, Forsythia, Jasminum nudiflorum,
Helleborus orientalis, Vinca minor, Hammamelis.
Chionodoxa 'Pink Giant'
Holland Technical Service Bulletin Number 31 was prepared for the WWW system
by A.A. De Hertogh, L.B. Gallitano, M.E. Traer, and A.B. Russell, Department
of Horticultural Science, NC State University. The information was obtained
not only from original research conducted by the authors but also from databases
released by other sources. This Bulletin was published by the International
Flower Bulb Center (IBC), Hillegom, the Netherlands on behalf of the Dutch Flower
Bulb Industry. Because of the various climates in North America and year-to-year
variability of the weather, the IBC cannot and does not accept responsibility
for divergent results that may arise using information obtained from this document
or site. Photographs copyright @1997 by A.B. Russell and A.A. De Hertogh. Computer
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