Glory of the Snow
In October 2001 Kew staff spent a fortnight preparing and planting 336,000 bulbs of glory of the snow (Chionodoxa siehei) in the lawn between the Orangery and White Peaks shop and café.
Glory of the Snow - (Chionodoxa siehei)
Did you know?
- Glory of the snow grows best in cold climates, as it needs a deep winter rest to bloom properly.
- Glory of the snow is related the hyacinth.
- In Greek, chion means snow and doxa means glory.
Subsequently topped up with another 50,000 bulbs (September 2003), these star-flowered plants have now naturalized and produce a beautiful bright blue carpet every spring.
About this species
Glory of the snow is a native of western Turkey, where it colours mountainsides blue in spring as the winter snows melt. It is a low-growing plant, which has grass-like leaves that appear at the same time as the flowers. The flowers last for around two weeks, so time your visit to Kew carefully to be sure of catching them at their best.
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