Leucojum aestivum ssp pulchellum   Summer Snowflake C DD I

Leucojum aestivum

This Mediterranean introduction is usually an escape from gardens or to be found, as this one was, where an old garden once was situated. This particular patch of plants was inaccessible so the photo is taken with the zoom lens from some distance away. In spite of its name: Summer Snowflake, it flowers in mid Spring as opposed to Leucojum vernum (Spring Snowflake) which flowers in winter or very early Spring.

L. vernum is mostly found naturalised in the countryside of southern Britain with only scattered sites in the north. It is scarce in Scotland , Ireland and Wales except near the Welsh border.

Silverdale, North Lancashire 15th April 2006

Added on 20th April 2006, updated 26th June 2010