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Acis autumnalis

Acis autumnalis
autumn snowflake
Synonym(s) Leucojum autumnale
Common name autumn snowflake
Family amaryllidaceae
Life cycle perennial bulb (Z6-9)
Flowers white (late summer-fall)
Size 6-12"
Light sun-part shade
From seed germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

This was a pleasant surprise one late-summer day while weeding a neglected corner of the garden - a single autumn snowflake, in tiny but glorious bloom. The flowers are held amid or just above a tuft of grassy-oniony leaves. I had grown the species from seed a few years ago, and assumed the seedlings had not survived winter. Apparently, just one did. Not much in the way of impact, but a high cuteness factor. I transplanted it to the rock garden, but never saw it again; it is marginally hardy in zone 6, and the rock garden is not mulched. Several years later, I started a new batch; this time, I noticed flowers in autumn of its second year.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from HPS/MAG '01/'02 exchange. Baggy 70F (90%G, 2-3w)
  2. Seed from NARGS '08/'09 exchange. Baggy 70F (80%G, 14-20d)
  3. Same seed as above, cold-stored through summer. Baggy 70F (65%G, 15-32d)

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