Sunday, June 21, 2009

February Flower of the Month

February Flower of the Month

Chionodoxa luciliae
Zones 3 to 10

Glory-of-the-Snow bloom in early Spring

They look best planted in big groups

Glory-of-the-Snow is a small bulb that likes to bloom right after Crocus appear. Glory-of-the-Snow likes cold weather best, it peeks out in the coldest weather to welcome Spring. There are up to 8 to 10 1 inch flowers to each short 6 inch stem, in a sparkling violet-blue with a white center. Glory-of-the-Snow look wonderful in rock gardens, under trees and mixed in among other miniature Spring bulbs. In light shade they can bloom up to 3 or 4 weeks. They grow best in well-drained soil, space them 1 to 3 inches apart and at a depth of 3 inches. Plant them in early Fall. Glory-of-the-Snow do not need much care after they are planted, they usually sow seeds and slowly spread in the garden.