One of the earliest bloomers, this pretty little bulb’s common name comes from the fact that you’ll often find it blooming while there’s still snow on the ground.
It’s a great rock garden plant, or, like many bulbs, it thrives under the branches of deciduous trees. There, plenty of light reaches the plant before the tree leafs out, and it doesn’t mind the dry soil under the tree while it’s dormant. Glory-of-the-snow is a good pick in a wild area of the backyard because deer usually leave it alone. But bumble bees, some of the earliest bees to emerge in spring, will delight in this food source!
Plant bulbs 2 to 4 in. deep and apart. These plants will spread slowly and naturalize to form drifts of color.
Blooms Blue with white centers from late winter to early spring
Light Full sun to part shade
Soil Moist, well-drained
Size 4 to 8 in. tall, 3 to 5 in. wide
Cold-hardy USDA zones 3 to 8
Heat-tolerant AHS zones 8 to 1
Source Brent and Becky’s Bulbs