Beautiful bulbous plants from Asia Minor, chiefly valuable for spring flowering. A great trade is done in the rather small bulbs (2s. 6d. to 3s. 6d. per 100) in autumn - the best time for planting in borders, shrubberies, or in grass land or lawns. They flourish in any good and well-drained garden soil, and are effective when planted in hundreds and thousands. The best kind is Lucilioe, with sprays of sky-blue flowers having a white centre. It has several varieties, such as nana, gigantea, and sardensis (fig. 188), and also a white one.

Dwarf China Aster.

Fig. 187. - Dwarf China Aster.

Chionodoxa sardensis.

Fig. 188. - Chionodoxa sardensis.