Chionodoxa forbesii Aethra

£ 3.50

Price is per bulb

Flowering sized bulbs

Despatched September-November

In stock

Description

This is a brand new  Chionodoxa which originated in the garden of Dr Seisums as a single plant amidst thousands of self-seeding gigantea, luciliae and tmoli (all {incorrect} names are of the trade). Dr Speta has  diagnosed it as forbesii or a possible hybrid of forbesii with Scilla bifolia.

It has been increased clonally (seedlings cannot validly bear the name, only vegetative offspring). The segments are wider than normal for forbesii and they are broadly overlapping, especially when young.

The flowers are of an intriguing blue colour. At first it made just 1 bloom per plant, with time the larger bulbs make up to 4 per spike. It represents a wonderful new Chionodoxa cultivar and promises to be a very good garden plant.

Aethra was one of the Oceanids, the 3000 daughters of Oceanus and Tethys. Somehow being one of the 3000 daughters of two sea deities (albeit brother and sister) summed up the history of the plant, found amongst thousands of seedlings.

Ordinary garden soil, with a good humus content and full sun is perfect for this perfectly growable but rare new cultivar. Introduced for the first time anywhere, by us, 2012.

Chionodoxa forbesii Aethra
Chionodoxa forbesii Aethra