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Chionodoxa forbesii 'Pink Giant'

Family: Hyacinthaceae
Genus: Chionodoxa (kye-oh-no-DOKS-uh) (Info)
Species: forbesii (FORBZ-ee-eye) (Info)
Cultivar: Pink Giant

Synonym:Chionodoxa luciliae

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Alpines and Rock Gardens

under 6 in. (15 cm)
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

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
Light Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring


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

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:

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

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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5 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive naomiZ5b On Apr 30, 2013, naomiZ5b from Bangor, ME wrote:

Chionodoxa is a wonderful small bulb providing a bridge between crocuses and tulips in the spring garden. A great companion to daffodils, scilla, species tulips, and puschkinia. It's completely hardy here in Bangor, Maine, and is naturalizing in my lawn as well as in the dry, shady conditions under a maple tree. Both the pink and blue varieties are very pretty -- the blue is more "sparky," almost as bright as scilla sibirica. Forming nice tight clumps, it also spreads by self-seeding and is easy to transplant. When the blooms end, the foliage dies down quickly and can be pulled up or mowed at that point. Plant it among later-emerging plants like hostas that can fill the gap.

Positive Cahow On Apr 27, 2013, Cahow from HARBERT, MI wrote:

Ya gotta love Home Depot. (LOL) They'll sell ANYTHING, which for a gardener, is quite nice. Items that are sold NO WHERE ELSE (good and bad idea!) are sold through Home Depot. I stumbled upon cardboard/net bags of Chionodoxa "Pink Giant" at my local Home Depot at half price, so for $2.99, I got 18 bulbs. Well, I actually got more because I bought 10 bags at $2.99. :) Having never heard of this bulb nor seen it in real life, I did extensive research on it once I got home, taking full advantage of Home Depot's return policy if it turned out that the bulbs weren't Winter Hardy. From everything I read, they were hardy, but the name "Pink Giant" was a misnomer: they are certainly NOT "Giant" but it's a left over from when the plant used to be labeled C. gigantea, instead of the current C. forbesii.

I had read at a site that the bulbs are sold as "Shade" but that person's experience was Epic Fail in Shade; they recommended to plant in FULL Sun. So, I did and the flower count result is OFF THE CHARTS, but....they still exhibit a tendency to "flop" over and lay on top of the mulch. Initially, I thought it might have to do with our very cold, cloudy and wet Spring, but I think this is just the habit of this bulb.

If you can live with pretty flowers but floppy stems, you'll love this bulb! It makes excellent cut flowers that last for over a week; no scent, however. All my 180 bulbs came up and I plan on grabbing a bunch of 1/2 price additions this coming Autumn. They bloom the same time as Scilla, so I'm planting the two together, hoping the Scilla foliage can keep my Pink babies a bit more upright. :)

Positive weedsfree On Mar 22, 2009, weedsfree from Magna, UT (Zone 7a) wrote:

Mine are in bloom now. Though by the time the blooms open, they are a light blue to white. I love that they have come up and are blooming so early in my area, which is mid March.

Positive ladychroe On Apr 15, 2008, ladychroe from Bridgewater, NJ wrote:

An adorable little plant with clear pale pink flowers. Blooms in early spring, after the crocus and dwarf iris.

Positive rebecca101 On Apr 20, 2007, rebecca101 from Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

I really like the chionodoxa - it's a luminous pale pink color that really glows from a distance. It started flowering here (5a) at the end of March and is still going almost a month later, although it is starting to look a little worn out by now. It is very hardy, and lived through a 6" snowfall while it was in full bloom, with no noticeable damage.


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

Grayslake, Illinois
Hebron, Kentucky
Bangor, Maine
Blissfield, Michigan
Harbert, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Bridgewater, New Jersey
Berea, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio
Lawrenceburg, Tennessee
Broaddus, Texas
Magna, Utah
Seattle, Washington
Madison, Wisconsin

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