Spring Snowflake - Leucojum vernum Spring Snowflake - Leucojum vernum
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Herb: Spring Snowflake


Latin name: Leucojum vernum


Family: Amaryllidaceae (Amaryllis Family)



Description of the plant:



Plant:
Bulb


Height:
15 cm
(6 inches)

Flovering:
March
to April


Scent:
Scented
Bulb

Habitat of Spring Snowflake:

Damp woods, thickets, hedgebanks and meadows, usually in hilly areas and in calcareous soils.

Propagation of the herb:

The seed is best sown as soon as it is ripe in a well-drained soil in a cold frame. Stored seed requires 2 - 3 months cold stratification, it should then germinate in 2 - 4 weeks at 10C. Sow the seed thinly so that the seedlings can be allowed to grow on undisturbed in the pots for their first year of growth. Give them an occasional weak liquid feed to ensure that they do not become nutrient deficient. Pot up the small bulbs when dormant, planting 2 - 3 bulbs in each pot. Grow them on for another 2 - 3 years before planting them out. Division of offsets in September/October. It is best done as soon as the foliage ripens. Scooping the bulbs.

Cultivation of Spring Snowflake:

Damp woods, thickets, hedgebanks and meadows, usually in hilly areas and in calcareous soils.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Leucojum vernum:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.