Leucojum aestivum Gravetye Giant has flowers that are pure white and tipped green with each bulb producing up to 5 flowers per stem. Snowflakes enjoy similar woodland conditions to snowdrops but flower later, establishing to form bold clumps. Despite the name, summer snowflakes bloom in mid- to late spring,
The name Gravetye Giant honours the Sussex home of horticulturist and garden writer William Robinson (1838-1935), Gravetye Manor. It was William Robinson who introduced this plant to the UK.
Leucojum is native to Europe and Turkey and are widely grown throughout the world.
This cultivar has an AGM (award of garden merit) from the Royal Horticultural Society. It was bestowed due to its great garden performance.
Leucojum are ideal to naturalise for many years and like narcissi will quickly bulk up. The flowers appear in April/May and reach a height of 50-60cm. The flower heads look like the common snowdrop.Allow the bulb foliage die down naturally in summer, providing the bulbs with the energy they need to flower the following year.
They need to have access to well rotted compost or organic matter (phosphate and potash) during the growing season and if not already in the soil it is best to add bone meal or similar. This is to ensure they stay health for many years. Firm soil round each bulb and then water thoroughly to settle the soil. Even with leaves these small bulbs are prone to drying out, so continue to water each week if conditions are dry.
For the best displays Leucojum aestivum are ideal to plant in drifts and left undisturbed for a number of years.
Flowering Height: 18-24″ (45-60cm)
Flowering Time: April
Full growing instructions provided.
New season top quality bulbs are dispatched from September on-wards