Chionodoxa luciliae Boiss. Has bloomed in the Mikhailovsky Garden. It is a perennial bulbous plant of the Hyacinth family.
Chionodoxa came to Europe from the mountains of Asia Minor in 1764 and was grown in botanical gardens as an overseas rarity. The name comes from the Greek words “chion” – snow and “doxa” – glory, pride in early flowering, often right from under the snow. The specific name “lucilia” was given by the Swiss botanist Pierre Boissier in honor of his wife Lucill. The Russian name for this flower is snowman, loosely translated from Latin.
In Russian gardening, chionodox has been used since the 19th century, but has not become widespread. It was occasionally used for spring decoration of lawns and flower beds.
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