CHIONODOXA LUCILIAE BULBS GLORY OF THE SNOW
Chionodoxa luciliae bulbs Glory of the Snow since it is one of spring’s early bloomers, C. luciliae was previously known as C. gigantea. It is a large flowering species that dates back to around 1880 from Turkey. It has three or four star-shaped, six-petaled clustered lavender-blue flowers with white centers atop dark stems with sparse, narrow foliage. This vigorous hybrid is deer-resistant and naturalizes readily in well-draining soil and in full to partial sunlight. As it matures over time, when it’s happy where it’s planted, it naturalizes by bulb offsets (called bulbils: baby bulbs on the sides of the mother bulb you’ve planted), and maybe even by self-sowing seed. It’s terrific planted en masse in garden borders, sunny woodland borders, rock gardens and in irregular river-like swaths.
You’ll need about nine bulbs per square foot. (Square footage is determined multiplying the planting site’s length times its width.) Bulb size: 5 cm/up. Full to partial sunlight. Height: 8” (or a little taller). Bloom time in horticultural zone 5: April. Plant 4” deep and 4” apart. HZ: 3-8.
Plant the bulbs with 4-6" of soil above them.
Fertilize in the spring with a well-balanced fertilizer when signs of growth appear. Keep the plants well watered during the growth period. It’s best to water at ground level to minimize fungal diseases and flower discoloration. Maintain a layer of mulch to keep the soil cool and maintain moisture, but keep the mulch away from the stems to prevent rot. Lilies prefer “their head in the sun and their feet in the shade.”
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