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Leucojum aestivum - L.
                 
Common Name Summer Snowflake
Family Amaryllidaceae
USDA hardiness 4-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Marshes, wet meadows and willow thickets, avoiding acid soils[17].
Range Europe, including Britain, from France south and east to Spain, Greece, the Crimea and Iran.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Wet Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary
Bloom Color: White. Main Bloom Time: Late spring. Form: Upright or erect.

Leucojum aestivum Summer Snowflake


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Leucojum aestivum Summer Snowflake
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Physical Characteristics
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Leucojum aestivum is a BULB growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in) by 0.1 m (0ft 4in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 4 and is not frost tender. It is in flower in May, and the seeds ripen in July. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist or wet soil.

Synonyms
Habitats
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Meadow; Bog Garden;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Root.
Edible Uses:

Bulb - cooked[105]. I have some reservations about this report, though no records of the plant being poisonous have been found so far.
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Foundation, Massing, Rock garden, Specimen, Woodland garden. Easily grown in ordinary garden soil[1]. It does well in a moist heavy soil in full sun or partial shade[1, 17, 31, 90] and is happy in water-logged conditions[90]. The dormant bulbs are fairly hardy and will withstand soil temperatures down to at least -5°c[214]. Plants can be naturalized in damp rough grass[200]. Flowers are produced within 4 - 5 years from seed. The seedpods are swollen and filled with air so that they can be dispersed by floating in water[90]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer or rabbits[233]. Special Features:Attractive foliage, Naturalizing, Suitable for cut flowers.
Propagation
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 10°c[134]. 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[1]. Scooping the bulbs.
Weed Potential

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Elizabeth H.
Lydia Baker Wed Jan 19 16:54:58 2005
I found this plant the other day and it was blooming all ready Place found: Anderson SC 29625 in a woodland area Time found: 1/18/05 at 4:50pm Soil: moist red clay Temp: around 40 degrees.
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