Chionodoxa Bulbs

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Creating swathes of stunning little blooms and a carpet of colour in early Spring, Chionodoxa are the flowers for you. Easy to establish and well suited for rockeries they look absolutely stunning planted in mass. From bold pink flowers - Chionodoxa forbesii Pink Giant Bulbs to soft blue hues of Chionodoxa sardensis Bulbs there is a colour for everyone.

 

Like everything we supply here at Boston Seeds, we pride ourselves on supplying professional quality - and for flower bulbs, that means BIG! Our bigger bulbs produce bigger, better and bolder flowers. Choose from our exciting range of varieties - Chionodoxa Luciliae Alba Bulbs, old favourites, garden classics as well as striking new lines for 2021.

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Beautiful deep blue flowers with white centres. This welcome boost of mid-spring...

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Well suited for rockeries or edging borders the pink-tipped petals are such a de...

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An early spring flowering variety, giving you a warm boost of colour towards the...

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Also known as 'Glory of the Snow', these bulbs are suitable for rockerie...

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An earlier flowering variety, the almost star-like flowers appear in March with ...

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Easy to grow and perfect for naturalising, the Chionodoxa Luciliae appear with their multiple vivid blue blooms i...

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True to name, their lovely lavender violet flowers open to reveal a soft white c...

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Appearing slightly later than other Chionodoxa, the striking crisp blue flowers ...

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Chionodoxa: How to grow them (and why!)

 

Get your garden blooming early and blooming beautifully with Chionodoxa! This is among the first flowers you’ll see growing in a garden at the start of the year, and its white, star-shaped petals tipped with delicate blue certainly bring to mind the thawing of winter frost to make way for early spring dewdrops. A smaller flower, growing only around 4-6 inches (10-15cm) tall, with grass-like foliage, which makes an excellent choice as a floral carpet!

 

Fun Facts

Better known by their nickname, ‘glory-of-the-snow’- not only because of their beauty, but because of their alpine native habitat, where their blooms typically break through layers of mountain snow! A perfectly fitting, descriptive name - if only the subspecies were as creatively-named! Instead, many subspecies are simply named for their collectors: Forbes' glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa forbesii) and Lucile's glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa luciliaeare two examples. That being said, Lucile’s flower has a bit more of a romantic spin, being named after the wife of Swiss botanist Pierre Edmond Boissier.

 

How to grow

Chionodoxa share many similarities with snowdrops, blooming in March and naturalising easily into a lawn. They can be planted in sun or partial shade, and are best planted in mid-Autumn, approximately 3 inches (7.5cm) deep and 3 inches apart. Chionodoxa are low-maintenance, self-seeding plants; though they look best planted in clusters for a naturalistic look, their growing area may become overcrowded, in which case it’s best to dig some up and relocate them as you wish after they finish flowering.

 

Species & Styles

 

Scilla forbescii as a species has a variety of cultivars, including the Pink and Blue, growing up to 8 inches (20cm) tall and with much-heavier-tinted accents in their respective colours. Compare and contrast them to other subspecies of Chionodoxa: Chionodoxa luciliae cultivar Alba is pure white for those who want a pure, luminous aesthetic, while Scilla sardensis aka the lesser glory-of-the-snow has a much darker violet-blue colouration than any other subspecies of Chionodoxa and bears a denser quantity of smaller flowers heads per stem.

If you’re looking for other options for good flower to pair with Chionodoxa, then snowdrops are likely the first thing to consider - indeed, their complementary colours, drooping stem and snowy stylings almost seem too perfect for planting with Chionodoxa! Of course, one may be willing to experiment combining its icy colouration with any other early-blooming bulb flower, like bright, early-season tulips or white-tinted narcissi!