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Spring Snowflake

Spring-Flowering Bulb

Leucojum vernum
Amaryllidaceae Family

Smaller and earlier-flowering than Summer Snowflakes, Spring Snowflakes have fresh green foliage and dainty, bell-like white blooms.

Site Characteristics
  • full sun
  • part shade

Soil conditions:

  • requires well-drained soil
Prefers rich, moist but well-drained soil. Do not let soil dry out.

Hardiness zones:

  • 4 to 8
Possibly hardy in Zone 3.

Special locations:

  • outdoor containers
  • indoors as a houseplant
Plant Traits

Lifecycle: perennial

Ease-of-care: easy

Height: 0.25 to 1 feet

Spread: 0.1 to 0.25 feet

Bloom time: early spring

Flower color:

  • green
  • white

White petals have a faint spot of green on each tip.

Foliage color: medium green

Foliage texture: medium


  • upright
  • grass-like

Shape in flower:

  • flower stalks with flowers as cups
  • flower stalks with flowers hanging downward

Blooms hang from erect flower stems

Special Considerations
Special characteristics:
  • non-aggressive
  • non-invasive
  • not native to North America - Native to Europe
Growing Information
How to plant:

Propagate by division or separation - Plant bulbs 3 to 4 inches deep in fall. Divide the plants after leaves have died or in the fall.

Maintenance and care:
Keep soil moist during the growing season.

More growing information: How to Grow Bulbs

var. carpathicum: white blooms with yellow-tipped petals.

var. vagneri: flowers earlier, in late winter or early spring.