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Leucojum aestivum

summer snowflake

L. aestivum is a deciduous bulb to 50cm tall, with long, narrow leaves and up to 8 bell-shaped, green-tipped white flowers on a leafless stem in spring

Other common names
Loddon lily
St Agnes' flower
see moreSt George's violet
summer snowdrop
Synonyms
Leucojum aestivum Nancy Lindsey's best form

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0–0.1 metre
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White Green
Summer Green
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

West–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Amaryllidaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Leucojum are bulbous perennials with narrowly strap-shaped leaves and umbels of bell-shaped white, rarely pink flowers, each tepal often tipped with green

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Europe to N Iran

How to grow

Cultivation

Plant dry bulbs 8-10cm (3-4in) deep in autumn. Grow in moist, humus-rich soil

Propagation

Propagate by seed in containers in a cold frame in autumn, or remove offsets once the leaves have died down

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

No pruning necessary

Pests

Slugs and narcissus bulb fly may be a problem

Diseases

Usually disease free

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