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Chionodoxa luciliae

Family: Liliaceae
Popular name: Chinodoxa gigantea

Flower colour: blue

Flowering period:  February - March

Average plant height: 15 cm

Planting depth to base of bulb: 12 cm

Spacing between bulbs: 7 - 15 cm

Type of bulb: bulb

Light requirements: full sun to partial shade

Landscape uses: borders, rock gardens and under trees and shrubs

A substantial amount of confusion exists surrounding the correct name. The name C. luciliae (after Bossier, the wife of a Swiss botanist) is the most commonly occurring name in the trade. This little plant, only 4 to 5 inches (10 - 15 cm.) tall, has lavender-blue flowers with a white center. This species naturalises easily and can also be grown in lawns. Two cultivars exist: 'Pink Giant' and 'Alba' (white).

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