Alpine Snowbells is a lovely plant with an amazing flower! The delicate bell-shaped bloom pops out in very early spring, before any other plant I have in production. That is the sign that it’s time to get to work! This year’s crop will be read to ship in February and will be for sale at a few select vendors at the Northwest Flower and Garden Show in Seattle, WA on February 8th-12th. Look for my snowbells there! Here are all the stats on the pretty little snowbells:
Scientific Name– Soldanella alpine
Common Name– Alpine Snowbells
Description– Small mounding plant from European Alps
Foliage– Rounded leaves like miniature lily pads on short stems
Flowers– Usually, two flowers bloom on single-stalked stem. Flowers are trumpet-like with fringed petals, arriving in early spring.
Exposure– Part shade
Soil– Moist humus
Foot Traffic– Not recommended
Growth Rate– Slow
Spread– Mounds continuously enlarge at slow rate. It may self-sow.
Uses/Attributes– Interesting specimen for shady rockeries or beneath evergreen shrubs.
Cold Hardiness– Zone 5