|Summer Snowflake, Leucojum aestivum, in the garden|
of Oliver Tynan. Byfield, 7 May, 2013
Clearly distinct is our second species, the Spring Snowflake Leucojum vernum. Though generally regarded as native to Britain there must be a question mark against it. Certainly it grows in "natural" conditions in Somerset and Dorset but it may be a long-established introduction (as indeed may the Snowdrop).
Both are quite garden-worthy plants and should be seen more often. They like damp conditions and for my friend Oliver Tynan his damp lawn seems to suit them very well.
|Summer Snowflake, again in Oliver's garden.|
1 April, 2014
Leucojum vernum usually bears only one, occasionally two, on each flowering stem. The cluster of flowers shown here make it clear that the species is Leucojum aestivum.