SNOWDROP

FAMILY: Amaryllidaceae | GENUS: GALANTHUS

TYPE
  • Bulbs
  • Perennials
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
WATER
  • Regular Water
PLANTING ZONES
  • US (Upper South) / Zone 6
  • MS (Middle South) / Zone 7
  • LS (Lower South) / Zone 8
SPECIAL FEATURES
  • Poisonous/Toxic

Plant Details

Natives of Europe and Asia Minor; perform best in cold-winter climates. Closely related to and often confused with Leucojum (snowflake), these harbingers of spring are among the first bulbs to bloom as winter ends. Nodding, bell-shaped white flowers are borne one per stalk; inner flower segments are infused or marked with green, while larger outer segments are pure white. Plants have two or three strap-shaped basal leaves. Effective in rock gardens or under flowering shrubs, naturalized in woodland settings, or grown in pots. Not eaten by deer or rodents.

Plant in autumn, setting bulbs 34 inches deep and 3 inches apart in moist soil with ample humus. Bulbs prefer year-round moisture. Do not divide often; when division is necessary, do the job when the foliage begins to yellow, right after bloom.

galanthus 'Atkinsii

  • Stems to 8 inches high bear slender, 112 inches-long blooms.
  • Each inner flower segment has a heart-shaped green mark at the tip.
  • Narrow leaves to 4 inches long.

giant snowdrop

galanthus elwesii

  • Foot-high stems carry 112 inches flowers; inner segments are heavily infused with green.
  • Blooms a little earlier in spring and is better adapted to mild-winter climates than Galanthus nivalis.

galanthus 'Hippolyta

  • Stems to 8 inches tall carry double blooms in a bowl shape; inner petals are green with white edges.

common snowdrop

galanthus nivalis

  • More delicate version of Galanthus elwesii.
  • Stems 69 inches high bear inch-long flowers, their inner segments marked at tips with a green crescent.
  • Flore Pleno has double blooms.
  • Magnet has extra-long arching flower stalks.
  • White Dream has leaves striped in white.

galanthus 'S

  • Arnott' ('Sam Arnott').
  • To 8 inches high.
  • Rounded blossoms to 112 inches long have an inverted V-shaped green mark at the tip of each inner flower segment.
  • Leaves 36 inches long.

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