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Leucojum vernum - L.

Common Name Spring Snowflake
Family Amaryllidaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Damp woods, thickets, hedgebanks and meadows, usually in hilly areas and in calcareous soils[13].
Range C. Europe. Possibly native to Britain where it appears to be wild in 2 sites[17].
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Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade
Leucojum vernum Spring Snowflake


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Leucojum vernum Spring Snowflake
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Leucojum vernum is a BULB growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) by 0.1 m (0ft 4in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from March to April, and the seeds ripen in July. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) or semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; not Deep Shade; Meadow; Hedgerow;

Edible Uses

None known

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Attracts Wildlife  Scented Plants

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Cultivation details

Easily grown in ordinary garden soil[1, 90]. Prefers an open rich moist limy soil[1, 42]. Succeeds in shade or semi-shade[90]. If naturalizing in short grass, a light, well-drained soil is essential[245]. The dormant bulbs are fairly hardy and will withstand soil temperatures down to at least -5°c[214]. A very ornamental plant[1]. The flowers have a powerful scent that is likened by some to hawthorns and by others to violets[245]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits[233]. A good bee plant[108]. Plants can be naturalized in damp rough grass[200].

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Propagation

The seed is best sown as soon as it is ripe in a well-drained soil in a cold frame. Stored seed requires 2 - 3 months cold stratification, it should then germinate in 2 - 4 weeks at 10°c[134]. Sow the seed thinly so that the seedlings can be allowed to grow on undisturbed in the pots for their first year of growth. Give them an occasional weak liquid feed to ensure that they do not become nutrient deficient. Pot up the small bulbs when dormant, planting 2 - 3 bulbs in each pot. Grow them on for another 2 - 3 years before planting them out. Division of offsets in September/October. It is best done as soon as the foliage ripens[1]. Scooping the bulbs.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Leucojum aestivumSummer SnowflakeBulb0.5 4-9 MLMHSNMWe10 

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Christopher Westall   Wed Apr 18 2007

I have seen this plant wild in Somerset. In Durham University Botanic Garden it has been planted at the head of a bog garden - where the water enters. I think this is correct. It will grow on clay in the uk as long as it is not allowed to dry out.

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