Early spring flower arrivals Chionodoxa


These pale blue beauties arrived in my garden a few seasons ago and are spreading nicely..I did not plant them..can you identify please?thank you


Thank you for contacting the Toronto Master Gardeners with your gardening question.

The beautiful pale blue plant in your photo is Chionodoxa luciliae (Glory-of-the-Snow ). There are 6 species in the genus Chionodoxa. These plants do best when planted in well-drained soil and in full sunlight, although they can be grown in light shade.

Chionodoxa can also be grown under deciduous trees because they bloom very early, before the trees leaf out. This plant self-seeds freely and often forms colonies. Once the plant has finished flowering the foliage dies back and often disappears during the summer. 

Here’s to continued enjoyment of this stunning early bloomer.