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An underground shoot with thickened leaf bases
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Snowflakes

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Family Amaryllidaceae
Name Leucojum aestivum subsp. pulchellum
Common Name Snowflakes
Etymology
Leucojum From Greek leukos meaning white, and Greek ion meaning violet.
aestivum From Latin aestivalis meaning of summer, despite the flowers appearing in the Winter.
pulchellum From Latin pulchellum meaning pretty.

  See also:  Bulbs, Corms & Tubers

This is the first "Spring" bulb to flower, often flowering at the start of Winter. A bulb for the shady woodland garden, the soft white flowers adds a touch of magic to Winter, looking like snow dancing in the breeze.

Sub-species pulchellum flowers a couple of weeks earlier than the typical sub-species. Both have slightly flattened flower stem. In pulchellum, the sharp edges of the stem feels smooth to the touch, whereas in sub-species aestivum, it is rough.


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