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Glory of the Snow

Chionodoxa forbesii

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Glory of the Snow (Chionodoxa forbesii) at GardenWorks

Glory of the Snow flowers

Glory of the Snow flowers

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Plant Height:  4 inches

Flower Height:  6 inches

Spread:  6 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Description:

Pretty flowers that bloom pink or blue are a welcome sign of spring; naturalize areas under shrubs, in turf or among perennials for beautiful spring displays; foliage tends to die back in the heat of summer

Ornamental Features

Glory of the Snow features dainty blue star-shaped flowers with white eyes at the ends of the stems from late winter to early spring. Its grassy leaves remain dark green in colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Glory of the Snow is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Glory of the Snow is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Glory of the Snow will grow to be only 4 inches tall at maturity extending to 6 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 6 inches. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years. As this plant tends to go dormant in summer, it is best interplanted with late-season bloomers to hide the dying foliage.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by multiplication of the underground bulbs.

Glory of the Snow is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Naturalizing  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Texture 
Ornamental Features


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