Chionodoxa luciliae

Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 3 Professionals
Common Name: glory of the snow
Type: Bulb
Family: Asparagaceae
Native Range: Western Turkey
Zone: 3 to 8
Height: 0.50 to 0.75 feet
Spread: 0.25 to 0.50 feet
Bloom Time: March to April
Bloom Description: Lilac blue w/ white center
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Naturalize
Flower: Showy, Good Cut
Tolerate: Deer, Black Walnut


Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Plant bulbs 3” deep and 2” apart in fall. Naturalizes easily by bulb offsets and self seeding to form a carpet of early spring bloom. Foliage begins to fade shortly after bloom and generally disappears by late spring as plants go into dormancy.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Glory-of-the-snow is so named because it is among the first bulbs to bloom in the spring. Each bulb produces 2-3 narrow, basal leaves and a flower stalk to 6” tall which is topped in very early spring by 3-6 star-like, upward facing, six-petaled, soft violet-blue flowers with white centers.


Nematodes are an infrequent but potentially serious problem in some areas.

Garden Uses

Provides late winter to early spring color to the garden. Best when massed and naturalized in rock gardens, sunny woodland areas or in lawns under large deciduous trees. Mixes well with other early spring bulbs such as daffodils, species tulips and snowdrops.