Summer Snowflake (Leucojum aestivum) resembles a tall snowdrop (Galanthus sp.), but this bulb blooms in mid-spring and lasts for several weeks. A similar species is the Spring Snowflake (Leucojum vernum), which is a tad shorter and blooms a bit earlier.
The pretty blooms of Summer Snowflake are a cluster of bell-shaped flowers at the end of a tall scape that dance gracefully when moved in a breeze. The strappy foliage is similar to that of daffodils.
It originates in Europe and is also known as the Loddon Lily. It spreads by expanding in clumps and can naturalize if allowed to reseed. Deadhead the flower stems, if you do not want that to occur.
Although still relatively unknown and underused, it makes a good addition to any garden. It looks great mass planted along pathways and at the front of flower beds.
Summer Snowflake is popular with pollinators. It is a member of the Amaryllis family and is poisonous to eat, so is deer- plus rabbit-resistant.
It does best in sun to part-shade. It tolerates damp places, such as near ditches or on the edge of a pond, where other bulbs will rot and disappear.
Summer Snowflake: You Can Grow That!
The video was produced by Washington Gardener Magazine.
Audio, Video, and Text by Kathy Jentz
Editing by Hojung Ryu
Filmed mainly at AHS River Farm, Alexandria, VA
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