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Chionodoxa forbesii

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

Synonym:Chionodoxa siehei

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under 6 in. (15 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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Medium Blue
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

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)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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6 positives
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative SunnyBorders On Apr 19, 2009, SunnyBorders from Aurora, ON (Zone 5a) wrote:

A very aggressive seeder in our area. Seems to take about two years to go from seed to a small bulb that flowers.
Chionodoxa luciliae may be a synonym.

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

A very pretty periwinkle flower that blooms after crocus and dwarf iris.

Positive sanannie On Dec 3, 2006, sanannie from White Lake, ON (Zone 4b) wrote:

Chinodoxa luciliae is a clearer blue and a little more compact than Chinodoxa forbesii. Both lovely, especially in mass plantings on a hillside. They need good drainage.

Positive Marilynbeth On Nov 18, 2006, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

Beautiful blue flowers in Spring that are a welcomed sight to see every year! I love this flower and it goes to seed and makes a small carpet of blue & white!

Positive TBGDN On Apr 6, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Planted several years ago, the tiny spring flowers have perennialized and spread widely. They form attractive blue colonies very early. Ideal for naturalizing on lawns in light shade. They easily spread from dried seed pods, and are a nice early complement to spring grass. Reported hardy in Zones 4a-8b.

Positive vidamc On Mar 31, 2004, vidamc from Fenton, MO (Zone 6a) wrote:

These are absolutely beautiful, a periwinkle color that catches your eye in the spring. Mine have been in the ground for 3 years and have maybe doubled in their quantity. They look especially lovely around the large rocks in our garden.

Positive lupinelover On Apr 2, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

This Chionodoxa has a white throat, the petals are sky blue with white margins. Does not self-sow quite as freely as some other species. Very beautiful in a rock garden or a mixed border.

It is one of the first spring bulbs to bloom.

Neutral smiln32 On Aug 31, 2001, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Among the first bulbs to bloom in the spring. Each bulb produces 2-3 narrow, basal leaves and a flower stalk which has several lilac-blue, six-petaled, star-like, upward facing flowers. Mixes well with other early spring blooming bulbs such as daffodils, species tulips and snowdrops (Galanthus).

Neutral killerdaisy On Aug 8, 2001, killerdaisy from Dallas, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Water well while growing, less when dormant. Best in cooler climates. Nematodes may ruin bulbs; chipmunks and mice may eat bulbs. Do not mox foliage for at least six weeks after blooming.


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

Juneau, Alaska
Merced, California
Oak View, California
Clifton, Colorado
Winnetka, Illinois
Macy, Indiana
Hebron, Kentucky
Durham, Maine
Arlington, Massachusetts
Brookline, Massachusetts
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Pinconning, Michigan
Romeo, Michigan
Royal Oak, Michigan
Ypsilanti, Michigan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Florence, Mississippi
Piedmont, Missouri
Bridgewater, New Jersey
Neptune, New Jersey
Hilton, New York
Marcellus, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Bucyrus, Ohio
Painesville, Ohio
Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Coopersburg, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Lawrenceburg, Tennessee
Salt Lake City, Utah
Sequim, Washington
Stanwood, Washington
Madison, Wisconsin
Kinnear, Wyoming
Riverton, Wyoming

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