Summer Snowflake - April 2012 by cclaude

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A few flowers of Summer Snowflake in my Pennsylvania garden

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The snowflakes are native to central and southern Europe, from the Pyrenées to Romania and western Russia, but they have been introduced and have naturalized in many other areas, including the east coast of North America. They have narrow, strap-like, dark green leaves. The flowers are small and bell-shaped, white with a green (or occasionally yellow) spot at the end of each tepal. They have a slight fragrance.

Leucojum aestivum (Summer snowflake) has a wider natural range, taking in Europe (including the British Isles), southwest Asia and northern Iran, and growing in wetter habitats including damp woodland, riversides and swamps. Despite its common name it flowers from April to May, though later than the Spring Snowflake. It is a taller plant than Leucojum vernum, growing to around 60 cm (2 ft), but its flowers are smaller and are carried in an umbel of between three and seven. Its fleshy seed pods are inflated, allowing them to be dispersed by flood water. Leucojum aestivum subsp. pulchellum (Salisb.) Briq., native to the western Mediterranean Basin, is smaller: 20 cm (8 in), and flowers 2 weeks earlier, i.e., from mid-March.
– Leujocum lm

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  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 1 year ago

    Natures Paintbrush Group
    Beautiful Work

  • Thank you!

    – cclaude

  • sundawg7
    sundawg7over 1 year ago

    Major kudos to this striking image…a fave to the Nth Degree. >Ron<

  • Thanks for the fave, and for your kind comment.

    – cclaude

  • Jeanette Muhr
    Jeanette Muhrover 1 year ago


    Featured – August 20th, 2013

  • Thank you for the feature. Always appreciated.

    – cclaude

  • Paul Pasco
    Paul Pascoover 1 year ago

    Great capture of these delicate flowers.

  • Nice to have them come back every spring at the bottom of the garden. And I always seem to find new ways to photograph them.

    – cclaude

  • fauselr
    fauselrover 1 year ago


  • Thanks!

    – cclaude

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 1 year ago


  • Thank you for the feature. Always appreciated.

    – cclaude

  • MotherNature
    MotherNatureover 1 year ago

    Another exquisite image, cclaude! Congratulations on your feature in Wildflowers of the World – FAVE:>)

  • Thank you.

    – cclaude

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 1 year ago

    Beautiful!! Don’t forget to enter our challenge: Flowers White and Green

  • Glad you like it, and thanks for the reminder

    – cclaude

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 1 year ago

    Congratulations!! Your image has placed in the TOP TEN
    of our “Flowers White and Green” challenge!!

  • MotherNature
    MotherNatureover 1 year ago

    Ahhh – one of my favorite images! Congratulations on earning a TOP 10 place in the Flowers White and Green in Wildflowers of North America – FAVE:>). Lovely work!

  • Thank you. I am getting such a collection of snowflakes, I could make a calendar!

    – cclaude

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