This late-flowering plant is gracing the Mountains House with it’s delicate blooms.
Related to the more familiar daffodil, this member of the Amaryllidaceae has 6 petaloid tepals typical of the family. Acis autumnalis, or Leucojum autumnalis as it used to be known, is a bulbous species with slender foliage. Leafless flower stems reach 20cm in height and have a reddish tip, and produce up to 4 bell-shaped white flowers, each with a red-flushed halo at the base. A Mediterranean species, it grows in poor soils in scrub and on rocky hillsides, where it often occurs in small groups. It can be grown in the open garden, rock garden or alpine trough if in a sunny spot with plenty of grit. The common name for this species is autumn snowflake.