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LEUCOJUM aestivum 'Gravetye Giant'
Gravetye Giant Summer Snowflake, Summer Snowflake
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.
9 - 1
3 - 9
1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Bulb or Corm or Tuber
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
26"-32" / 66.0cm - 81.3cm
3"-6" / 7.6cm - 15.2cm
Eastern Europe, United Kingdom, Turkey, Iran
Green, Dark Green
Cutflower, Mixed Border, Wildflower
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