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LEUCOJUM aestivum 'Gravetye Giant'

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Family

Liliaceae

Botanical Name

LEUCOJUM aestivum 'Gravetye Giant'

Plant Common Name

Gravetye Giant Summer Snowflake, Summer Snowflake

General Description

The delicate flowers of summer snowflake will add elegance to early season borders. Native to Europe and western Asia, this hardy bulbous perennial plant is notable for its ease of growth and old fashioned charm. The cultivar 'Gravetye Giant' is a large-flowered, tall-stemmed selection.

This vigorous cultivar has long deep green strap-like leaves in a thick clump. In mid- or late-spring (or earlier in mild climates), thigh-high, leafless stems bear up to eight white nodding flowers at their tips. The lantern-shaped flowers have six toothed green-tipped lobes.

This lovely spring-bloomer does best in well-drained, humus-rich soil in sun to partial shade. Plant the bulbs at a depth of about three times their width. It goes dormant after bloom and can survive summer drought in cool sites. Summer snowflake multiplies rapidly. One bulb becomes five or six over a single growing season. When clumps become crowded, dig and divide the bulbs in fall and replant them right away.

Summer snowflake is a must for any early border and is at home in old-fashioned gardens and around stately homes.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    26"-32" / 66.0cm - 81.3cm

  • Width

    3"-6" / 7.6cm - 15.2cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Eastern Europe, United Kingdom, Turkey, Iran

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Green

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Bicolor

  • Fruit Color

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Mixed Border, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No