White bells line arching stems. Snowflake prefers full sun but tolerates some shade and thrives in soil too wet for most other bulbs. In a spot it likes, it can take up permanent residence. Performs well North and South.
Deer and Rodent Proof
|Botanical Name||Leucojum aestivum 'Gravetye Giant'|
|Catalog Page (2020)||126|
|Sunlight||Full or Part|
|Soil||Average to wet|
|Resistant to Deer||✓|
|Resistant to Rodents||✓|
|Good for Naturalizing||✓|
|Good for the South||✓|
|Depth of Planting Hole||6 inches|
|Spacing||5 inches apart|
|Density||4 per sq. ft.|
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Full sun or partial shade and soil that does not dry out entirely in summer. In the wild, snowflakes are found in damp meadows and on river banks, so they are a good choice for a spot where the soil is less than perfectly drained. Bulbs are slow to go dormant in summer; wait to cut back until the leaves have yellowed.
Spring-flowering bulbs must be planted in the fall. They need cool soil to make roots before the onset of winter. Cool fall weather arrives at different times from north to south and from high elevations to low.
Please note that the temperature of the soil lags behind the air temperature. You can generally plant later than the windows provided in this map. As long as the ground is not frozen, you can still plant.
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