Snowdrop

Galanthus elwesii

Snowdrop - Galanthus elwesii

Common Name: Snowdrop
Genus: Galanthus
Species: elwesii

Category: Bulbs, Corms, Tubers & Rhizomatous Plants
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers, Provides winter colour

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.20 m (20 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shadeSpread: 0.05 m (5 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Green, White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: January & February

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained




    Bulbous perennials providing the first brave flowers of the year. Snowdrops signify that spring is just waiting to unfold and gardeners should take heart. Their name comes from the Greek words 'gala' meaning milk and 'anthos' meaning flower. Robust and tolerant of most soil types wild snowdrops are commonly found on wooded upland and rocky outcrops throughout Europe and Western Asia generally flowering from January to March.

    Named after H.J. Elwes (1846-1922) an English sportsman and plant collector who collected the original plants in N.W. Turkey G. elwesii is actually native to the extended area of Yugoslavia Romania and the Ukraine south to Greece and western Turkey. Distinguished from other species by glaucous leaves neatly folded one inside the other. Flowers have two green spots on the inner petals which sometimes join to present a totally green inner face.

  • Garden care: Plants will seed readily but tend to hybridise. To redistribute true to name every 2-3 years lift and divide 'in the green' after flowering from March to May. Replant bulbs and take care to water in well.

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