Snowflake - Garden Basics - Flower - Bulb


These hardy and half-hardy bulbs produce straplike leaves and nodding, and bell-shaped white flowers with green-tinged petal tips. They look a lot like the more familiar snowdrops, but are larger.

Plant them 3-4 inches deep and 8 to 10 inches apart in the front of the border and leave them undisturbed. They require moisture throughout the year, especially in the growing season and up to flowering, which can be expected in late spring or early summer. Winter protection is required in the colder regions, but the plants will stand temperatures down to 20 degrees F without protection. Give them full sun in all but the warmest areas where a little light shade is needed. Propagate by lifting the clumps and dividing or by seeds.

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