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Leucojum aestivum 'Gravetye Giant' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bulb

Habit

Tufted

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

Green and White in Spring

Foliage

Dark Green in Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

summer snowflake 'Gravetye Giant'

Family

Amaryllidaceae


Leucojum are bulbous perennials with narrowly strap-shaped leaves and umbels of bell-shaped white, rarely pink flowers, each tepal often tipped with green

'Gravetye Giant' is a perennial to 90cm in height, with strap-like, glossy dark green leaves and leafless stems bearing up to 8 bell-shaped, slightly fragrant, white flowers 2cm in width, each segment tipped with green

Synonym(s)

  • Leucojum aestivum 'Gravetye'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Plant dry bulbs, 8 to 10cm deep, in autumn, in any moderately fertile, humus-rich, reliably moist soil in full sun

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by offsets after the leaves have died down

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Wildflower meadow


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Susceptible to slugs and narcissus bulb fly

Diseases

Generally disease free