• AGM plants

    AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:

    • Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions
    • Available to buy
    • Of good constitution
    • Essentially stable in form & colour
    • Reasonably resistant to pests & diseases

Chionodoxa forbesii

glory of the snow

glory of the snow


  • Other common names glory of the snow

  • Synonyms Chionodoxa forbesii
    Chionodoxa luciliae misapplied

  • Family Asparagaceae

  • Genus Chionodoxa are easily grown dwarf bulbous perennials with narrowly strap-shaped leaves and star-shaped blue flowers in early spring

  • Details C. forbesii is a bulbous perennial to 15cm in height, with paired, strap-shaped leaves and small, upward-facing, intense blue, starry flowers with a clear white eye borne in clusters of 2-3 on a leafless stem

  • Plant range W & S Turkey


  • Foliage Deciduous

  • Habit Tufted

  • Hardiness

    Hardiness ratings

    All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets

    • H1a - Under glass all year (>15C)
    • H1b - Can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15)
    • H1c - Can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10)
    • H2 - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5)
    • H3 - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1)
    • H4 - Hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5)
    • H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10)
    • H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15)
    • H7 - Hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20)




  • Full Sun

  • Partial Shade

  • Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing

  • Exposure Exposed or Sheltered


  • Chalk


  • Clay


  • Sand


  • Loam


  • MoistureWell-drained

  • SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam

  • pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral


  • Ultimate height 0.1-0.5 metres

  • Ultimate spread 0-0.1 metre

  • Time to ultimate height 2-5 years

How to grow

Cultivation Easy to grow in any well-drained soil. Plant 8cm deep in autumn

Propagation Propagate by seed, sown in pots in a cold frame when ripe or remove offsets in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs Low Maintenance Cottage & Informal Garden Patio & Container Plants Rock Garden City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal

How to care

Pruning No pruning required

Pests Generally pest free

Diseases Generally disease free

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