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Glory of the Snow
Chionodoxa forbesii 'Violet Beauty'

Family: Hyacinthaceae
Genus: Chionodoxa (kye-oh-no-DOKS-uh) (Info)
Species: forbesii (FORBZ-ee-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Violet Beauty
Synonym:Chionodoxa luciliae
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Category:

Bulbs

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Blue-Violet

Violet/Lavender

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

, (2 reports)

Washington, District Of Columbia

Mount Prospect, Illinois

Macy, Indiana

Westminster, Maryland

Bridgewater, Massachusetts

Fenton, Missouri

Piedmont, Missouri

Dundee, Ohio

Painesville, Ohio

Coopersburg, Pennsylvania

Salt Lake City, Utah

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Oct 6, 2014, Village_idiot from Alberta, AB (Zone 3a) wrote:

I have both Chionodoxa forbesii and Chionodoxa lucilliae in my garden. These are NOT synonyms for the same plant.
To this day I still do not know the correct name for each of them and articles like this do nothing to help.