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Plant of the Week: Chionodoxa luciliae ‘Alba’ (Glory-of-the-Snow cultivar)

Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Horticultural Interpreter. 

Wave Hill is renowned for its carpets of blue glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa sardensis) each spring. The display has been quite a spectacle over the past few weeks, but not all glories-of-the-snow are blue.

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This winsome little beauty is a white-flowered cultivar of the greater-glory-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa luciliae ‘Alba’). It flowers a few weeks little later than C. sardensis and is slightly larger—hence “greater”-glory-of-the-snow—but it is still small, growing to barely six inches high.

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There are patches to be found in various places at Wave Hill, such as under the hornbeam hedge, just to the east of the Aquatic Garden.

Both species are native to the mountains of western Turkey, where they often come into bloom just as the snows of winter are receding.

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