Chionodoxa forbesii

A quick to establish itself, early-spring bulb that is the perfect forerunner of bluebells in your shady spots which need some brightness and colour. More
50 bulbs 260024-50 £7.50 Delivery late September
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100 bulbs 260024-100 £13.95 Delivery late September
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Or buy this as part of our Bulbs for Naturalising in Shade Collection.

More Details

This early spring bulb adds invaluable March brightness to any patch in sun or shade, gradually self-sowing to form a lovely sea-blue carpet.

Genus Chionodoxa
Group/Species forbesii
Type Perennial
Common Name Glory of the Snow
Border Position Ground Cover (Scattered)
Bulb Size 5
Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Scent Unscented
Site Part Shade
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 15cm (6in)
Spacing Plant 5-8cm deep,5cm apart.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Plant outdoors 5-8cm deep, 5cm apart from September to November.
Care Tips Top dress with leaf mould or compost in the autumn. Propogate by division in late summer/autumn.
Flowering March - April
Vase Life Perfect for tiny posies in late winter and early spring.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest

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Chionodoxa forbesii reviews

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Reviewed 29th December 2020 by Kathryn

Excellent, good quality bulbs as expected from Sarah Raven. Nice, plump and firm bulbs went straight in the ground and we're looking forward to lots of little blue stars in the Spring! :)

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Reviewed 2nd December 2019 by Karin

Grew these pretty flowers last year and delighted with the little flowers which lasted a long time in the garden

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Reviewed 25th October 2019 by Joanne

waiting for the results, bulbs appeared in good condition

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Reviewed 26th June 2019 by Trevor

Items looked nice in your brochure (obviously glossed up)but the end result in my garden was to say the least disappointing. Whether they improve next summer remains to be seen.