Among the representatives of bulbous cultures there are lilies and daylilies familiar to everyone, and there are exotic cultures. The flower of hionodoksa is a bulbous perennial flowering plant of the Asparagus family, subfamily Proleskie. It is found massively in the eastern part of the Mediterranean, including Cyprus, Crete and Turkey.
Designers and gardeners are very fond of her picturesque flowers of white, blue and pink shades. The common name of the flower "glory-of-the-snow" is associated with the habit of flowering chionodox in the high alpine zones, when the snow begins to melt in spring. The article deals with planting and caring for a plant in a garden. You can also find out about its common varieties and their characteristics. In the meantime, we offer to look at the photo hionodoxy in various variations of cultivation:
Description of hionodoksy and her photo
Several distinctive features of a flower are distinguished in order to distinguish it from similar species - these are perianth-like flowers, which are connected in the form of a tube and even stamens, which are even as stems and look like a calyx in the center of the flower itself. But despite this, some botanists still include them in the genus Scylla. Description hionodoksy offered by many growers, but each of them sees the plant in its own way. Therefore, it is better to see the photo hionodoksy and evaluate its merits:
The inflorescences are formed from star-shaped blue flowers with white centers and appear on 4-11 pieces on one trunk. Usually in the summer the foliage on the flower disappears.
Planting hionodoksy in the garden and plant care
Hionodoksu better to grow in a sunny place, although some of the bottom well survive in light shade. You can even plant them under the deciduous trees of your garden - because they begin to bloom very early. Planting hionodoksy in the garden can be carried out both in early spring and the onset of autumn days. Proper care of the plant allows you to form numerous flower stalks.
During the period of growth and development it is worth giving a flower a large amount of water so that in the future it will be able to tolerate drought during the rest time. Also, the plant needs drained soils - preferably sandy. Experienced gardeners and gardeners say that chionodox flowers look best planted with the group.
The bulbs are planted deep in the fall to a depth of 6-7 centimeters, in order for the plant to bloom in early spring. And there is no need to close it for the winter - it will calm down all the frost. You need to be very careful with the bulbs, especially in early spring - they are very vulnerable on soft earth. The first flower stalks will appear with the first warm days, you need to let them warm for a couple of days and the result will not take long. Also, do not forget about fertilizer, but in any case, do not pour it on the leaves - this will cause a burn, and possibly further damage to the bush. Then, in order for water and air to better get to the surface of the earth, it is necessary to thoroughly gorge it. In addition, this action will allow nutrients to penetrate deeper into the root system of the flower, contributing to its active growth and development.
Hionodox is very easy to grow. Usually it is spread with the help of seeds and independently - but there is a great risk that they can grow in growth on other beds and flower beds. You can first grow them in a cold frame or from bulbs that you collected in the summer.
After planting the seeds, the first flowers open to the world only after 3-4 of the year. And if you choose breeding with bulbs - Do not forget to dry them well before planting.
Varieties of hionodoksy with photos and brief characteristics
Culture is not very popular yet. She only gains the attention of flower growers in Russia. Varieties of chionodoxes are mainly represented by selective hybrids capable of maintaining maternal properties for a limited period of time. Therefore, it is important to update the planting material in a timely manner. The main views with photos and brief characteristics are presented on the page below.
Chionodoxa lucily is a bulbous perennial plant in Western Turkey that has been blooming since early spring. After flowering, he no longer falls asleep until next spring. The name of the variety Lucily is the name of the wife of the Swiss botanist Pierre Edmond Butier, who described this variety for the first time. Like all members of the genus, the stamen basics are smoothed and tightly grouped in the middle of the flower. From each bulb there are leaves of eight centimeters in length and two centimeters in width with no more than one flowering stem. Flowers form a loose pyramidal inflorescence with 2-3 flowers on the stem (each up to 4 centimeters in diameter). The base of each flower is white, like the staminate filaments - this creates the effect of the so-called white eye. The outer part of the petals has a light purple hue.
Chionodox forbes grows in southwestern Turkey. Like all members of the genus, the base of the stamens of the variety is smooth and closely grouped in the middle of the flower. The peephole is also white, but the frame is made of blue petals. The plant height can reach 30 centimeters, and on its peduncle, up to 15 flowers of centimeters 3-4 are formed. The length of the inflorescence is much greater than its width - it takes about ½ of the total growth of Chionodoxa Forbes. There are varieties with white and pink petals. One of the bottom of the hionodox Alba - has white petals, hionodos pink - lavender and pink color (it is considered as occurring either from Chionodoxia Forbes, or from Chionodoxia Lucily). Chionodox Blue Giant is distinguished by a rich blue color, which you will not confuse with anything. This variety and all its representatives are recommended to grow it in a sunny place with well-drained soil.