Summer Snowflake (Leucojum aestivum 'Gravetye Giant')

3 companies sell this plant

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Also sold as:
Gravity Giant

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 1-2 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Bi-Color: White with green tips
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Bulb
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Gophers/Voles
Rabbit Resistant
Squirrels
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Pollinators: Bees
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM
Other: 2008 Great Plant Picks award winner

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Location: Baltimore, MDDate: 2014-04-24
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2016-03-30
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2006-04-24
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Location: My garden in Gent, BelgiumDate: 2008-03-31
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2009-04-13
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Location: my garden, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2009-04-19
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-04-17
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2013-04-29
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-04-15
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-04-23
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-04-17
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-04-15
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-04-23
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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Feb 5, 2015 11:17 PM

The snowflake can be forced over winter after 15 weeks of cold treatment. Place in well-draining mix and cover with half-inch of soil. This should be initiated in mid-October, not earlier. You need to wait till then to allow the flower to develop inside the bulb. This is usually accomplished by mid-October. It's been noted that bulbs grown in Israel for commercial sale seem to force with better consistency than bulbs grown elsewhere. They may be transplanted into garden after bloom for flowers outside in subsequent years.

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Posted by critterologist (Frederick, MD - Zone 6b) on May 18, 2015 10:29 AM

I'm thinking this one might need a few years to settle in. Its first spring, I didn't see any blooms in the corner where I planted a dozen bulbs, and I assumed the voles ate them. This spring, I spotted this one bloom stem, and there were a number of tufts of similar leaves. I'm hoping for a better show next year!

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Catmint20906 On April 19, 2015 Bloomed
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Catmint20906 On October 24, 2014 Obtained plant
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