Chionodoxa is one of the earliest and loveliest spring flowering bulbs, adding beauty to the garden. Flowers are saucer-shaped with a conspicuous white eye in the centre and bloom in very early spring.
- Growing up to 4-6 in. tall (10-20 cm), each bulb produces 2-3 narrow, basal leaves and an upright flower stalk which is topped by a loose one-sided raceme of attractive starry flowers.
- Once established, it naturalizes well and comes back year after year. If an increase in the number of bulbs is desired, the planting location should be left entirely undisturbed: using rakes should be avoided, and weeding should definitely not be done. Also leave the foliage undisturbed in the autumn so that it can decay and enrich the soil at that location. Doing so encourages new growth.
- Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade.
- Best planted en masse in sweeping drifts in woodlands, lawns or under deciduous trees. Also great in clusters in rock gardens. Always plant at least 15 bulbs. Various species of Primula (Primrose), Pulmonaria (Lungwort), Pulsatilla (Pasque flowers), Hepatica, Arabis (Wall rock-cress), Aubrieta and Helleborus (Christmas or Lenten rose) make good planting companions.
- Deer and critter resistant, it is virtually disease and trouble free!
- Chionodoxa species provide a pretty display when planted among many kinds of perennial plants in the border.
Just as with many other kinds of bulbous plants, it is also possible to plant Chionodoxa in layers. An example would be to plant narcissi bulbs at their normal planting depth, add soil to the planting holes up to the level of the bulbs’ noses, and then plant the Chionodoxa bulbs on top. The blue provided by the Chionodoxa flowers is a lovely accent for plants such as yellow and white narcissi or the small early-flowering red tulips. See the layering method (lasagna method).