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Summer Snowflake

Leucojum aestivum

Also known as

Loddon Lily, St Agnes' Flower, St George's Violet, Summer Snowdrop, Giant Snowflake

Leucojum aestivum 2010 by Schnobby (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Summer Snowflake Overview

Leucojum, aestivum is a late spring flowering deciduous perennial bulbous species that produces pretty, hanging, bell-shaped blooms coloured pure white, with green petal tips. The petals are slightly reflexed at the tips, curing backwards delicately. These are produced on bare stems that grow straight upwards. Also known as the Summer Snowflake, this plant grows to an average height of around 50cm with strap to linear shaped blue-green foliage. Plant bulbs in autumn 10cm (4") deep and 12cm (5") apart - container-grown bulbs can be planted closer together. Alternatively, plant in the spring when the bulbs are 'in the green'. Pick a spot with organic-rich soil - these plants originate from woodland settings or incorporate plenty of compost into the planting area. Once planted, water well. Bulbs will clump up over several years if you allow the foliage to die back naturally.

Common problems with Summer Snowflake

How to harvest Summer Snowflake

Generally not harvested, but can be cut for floral arrangements.

How to propagate Summer Snowflake



You can propagate from offsets in spring or early autumn


From seed which are sown in the autumn.

Special features of Summer Snowflake

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Other uses of Summer Snowflake

Naturaliser, border, cutting bed, fragrance, walls, rock garden.

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