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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9a
Plant Height: 12 to 18 inches (30-46cm)
Plant Spread: 9 to 12 inches (23-30cm)
Leaves: Spring ephemeral
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Underground structures: Bulb
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Alpine Gardening
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant

So easy, so pretty, so reliable

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Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Feb 7, 2020 9:04 PM

My mother had a circle of these around a live oak in our yard for years. She called them Snowdrops. Last Feb. 2019, while tending to her in sickness, I saw them blooming for the 1st time in years. I now live over an hour away so don't usually visit in Feb. because it's a cold and wet time of year. Long story short, another Louisiana gardener I trade with every couple of years sent me 4 bulbs she called Summer Snowflakes in Feb. 2018. I put them in a pot so I could monitor when they bloom. Because they were moved, it's taken two years, but like my Mother's they are blooming in Feb. and I now know they are Snowflakes, not Snowdrops. They will always remind me of my Mother who passed away in March and of the place where I grew up.

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Posted by christinereid54 (Texas - Zone 8b) on Feb 19, 2018 6:19 PM

The Summer Snowflake has been most gratifying in my Central Texas garden. I never water it and just give it some balanced organic fertilizer in December. It starts pushing up green stalks in mid January and now, mid February, it's pushing out dainty blooms. After five years on the sunny hillside, it's slowly spreading out. I won't do anything to the plants after they bloom and they will then disappear until next winter. No pests seem to bother it and it provides some nice interest at a time of year when things are somewhat bleak. The blooms will probably be around until sometime in March.

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Plant Events from our members
piksihk On February 4, 2019 Bloomed
piksihk On March 8, 2018 Bloomed
Ones from enchanted forest/garden last year - HW
piksihk On February 12, 2017 Bloomed
giant snowflake (not snowdrop) from Ench. Forest
piksihk On February 12, 2017 Bloomed
Two spikes with blooms at WG front bed
piksihk On November 27, 2016 Obtained plant
16 giant snowdrops from Enchanted Forest (sale half off $6)
piksihk On February 28, 2016 Bloomed
piksihk On February 16, 2015 Bloomed
with crocosmias front bed at WG
aspenhill On October 12, 2013 Obtained plant
ADR - qty 30
Lalambchop1 On November 21, 2016 Seeds sown
Planted along car path. Mixed with pink & blue Spanish bluebells.
Planted 4-5" deep with bonemeal and bloodmeal a couple of inches below that. Backfilled the holes with pine fine/mushroom compost mix.
Lalambchop1 On October 28, 2016 Obtained plant
bought 50 from BloomingBulb
tabbycat On February 26, 2021 Miscellaneous Event
Pot full of 8" green leaves so may bloom soon
tabbycat On February 7, 2020 Bloomed
Surprised by 1st tiny flower on 1 of 4 bulbs in a pot on my patio.
tabbycat On February 14, 2018 Obtained plant
Nancy Leglue from Kentwood, LA sent 4 bulbs in a trade
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