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Name: Keith
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keithp2012
Jan 29, 2015 1:48 PM CST
I'm looking for flowers that bloom in winter or in snow. I have snow crocus, and forsythia can bloom in early Spring snow, but I don't know of any other flowers that bloom in the cold.
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dyzzypyxxy
Jan 29, 2015 2:14 PM CST
Hellebores are the other thing that comes to mind that will bloom in winter, Keith. They're beautiful tough perennial plants that like to grow in the shade. The old original cultivar was known as the "Christmas Rose" because it would sometimes have flowers open for the holidays. There's another known as 'Lenten Rose' that would usually bloom in February, I'm guessing.

Here's one from a good long list in our Plant Database Hellebore (Helleborus Frostkissโ„ข Winter Moonbeam)
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greene
Jan 29, 2015 2:28 PM CST
Galanthus aka Snow Drops; not sure which variety would be best for your area.
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springcolor
Jan 29, 2015 2:33 PM CST
Kieth,
These are shrubs rather than perennials but Witch Hazel, Winter Jasmine, Viburnum Dawn. Also the very small Iris, I have a dark blue one.
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Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
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keithp2012
Jan 29, 2015 3:12 PM CST
dyzzypyxxy said:Hellebores are the other thing that comes to mind that will bloom in winter, Keith. They're beautiful tough perennial plants that like to grow in the shade. The old original cultivar was known as the "Christmas Rose" because it would sometimes have flowers open for the holidays. There's another known as 'Lenten Rose' that would usually bloom in February, I'm guessing.

Here's one from a good long list in our Plant Database Hellebore (Helleborus Frostkissโ„ข Winter Moonbeam)


Those are really nice and appear that they will grow well here. The leaves remind me of cyclamen.
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plantladylin
Jan 29, 2015 4:17 PM CST
I had no idea so many plants bloomed in the snow .... but I've lived in Florida for almost 48 years. Green Grin! Here are links to our database with more information on the above listed plants:

Helleborus: http://garden.org/plants/browse/plants/genus/Helleborus/
Galanthus: http://garden.org/plants/browse/plants/genus/Galanthus/
Iris reticulata: http://garden.org/plants/search/text.php?q=Iris+reticulata&b...
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Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jan 29, 2015 8:55 PM CST
Hellebores are really great plants, and come in soft yellow, pink and mellow shades of red as well as white. There are some double ones as well. I'll caution you on two things about them though: they're pretty slow growers so it takes a while for them to clump up and look really great, and (because of the slow growth) they're pretty expensive to buy.

Well worth it, though. If I were ever to move back to a place that suffers winter I'd surely plant a whole garden of them.

Here's a clump I planted in my daughter's garden in Salt Lake City. This would be its third year, blooming up a storm.


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purpleinopp
Jan 30, 2015 1:06 PM CST
Camellias bloom during winter here, most heavily a couple-few weeks ago. Do they get going as soon in Z7?

Have you tried planting pansies in the fall?

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