Leucojum aestivum

Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 2 Professionals
Common Name: summer snowflake
Type: Bulb
Family: Amaryllidaceae
Native Range: Europe including Great Britain to Iran
Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Spread: 0.75 to 1.00 feet
Bloom Time: April
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Naturalize
Flower: Showy
Tolerate: Deer, Clay Soil, Black Walnut

Culture

Easily grown in organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Adapts to clay soils. Plant bulbs 3-4” deep and 4-6” apart in fall. Best left undisturbed once set in the ground. Naturalizes by bulb offsets.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Although it blooms several weeks after spring snowflake (Leucojum vernum), summer snowflake blooms in mid-spring (late April), not in summer. It usually goes dormant by summer. Dark grassy green leaves to 12” long and 1” wide form an upright, vase-shaped clump of foliage. Typically 2-5 (less frequently to 8) white, nodding, bell-shaped flowers appear at the top of naked hollow flower scapes (to 12-15” tall) in spring. Each flower has three similar looking sepals and petals (tepals) that are spotted at the tip with green.

Problems

No serious insect or disease problems.

Garden Uses

Borders, rock gardens. Under trees or shrubs. Best planted in groups of at least 15 bulbs. Can put on a spectacular flowering display when naturalized in large drifts