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Chionodoxa siehei AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bulb

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Blue and White in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0-0.1 metre

Time to ultimate height

1-2 years


Preferred common name

Siehe's glory of the snow

Family

Hyacinthaceae


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

C. siehei is a dwarf, early spring-flowering bulb to 20cm tall, with narrowly strap-shaped leaves and loose racemes of star-shaped, white-centred blue flowers

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
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk 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

Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging, Gravel Garden, Low Maintenance, 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