Leucojum aestivum

Scientific name: Leucojum aestivum


Common names: “Summer snowflake” “Loddon lily” “St Agnes’ flower”  “St George’s violet” “summer snowdrop”

Plant Type: Bulb


Zone: 4-9

Light: Bright shade – Full sun

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Humus rich, acidic – neutral clayey loam

Moisture: Moist well drained


Plant Size: H 18-24″ W 4-6″

Leaf and Stem shape: Glossy, strap shaped leaves

Flower: White bells with green tips, as many as 8 per stem, Feb – March

Pruning: None

Maintenance: Mulch after flowering

Landscape use: Flower boarders, 2 month interest in Feb-March, under open trees, plant 3″ apart

Propagate:  By seed and dormant bulbs

Pests & Disease: Narcissus bulb fly will kill the bulbs if not mulched soon after flowering

*Deer resistant

Comments: Sap can cause blistering on some people

Cultivars: Leucojum aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’ ~AGM winner


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