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Chionodoxa sardensis AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bulb

Habit

Tufted

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Dark Blue in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0-0.1 metre

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

lesser glory of the snow

Family

Asparagaceae


Chionodoxa are easily grown dwarf bulbous perennials with narrowly strap-shaped leaves and star-shaped blue flowers in early spring

C. sardensis is a bulbous perennial to 20cm in height, with a pair of narrow, basal leaves and a raceme of up to 10 slightly nodding, deep blue flowers 2cm in width, with small, white centres

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Easy to grow in any well-drained soil. Plant 8cm deep in autumn

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Chalk, Clay, Sand or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed, sown in pots in a cold frame when ripe or remove offsets in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Patio/Container Plants, Rock Garden or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free