Snowdrop

Galanthus nivalis

Snowdrop - Galanthus  nivalis

Common Name: Snowdrop
Genus: Galanthus
Species: nivalis

The ancient Greek translation of the word Galanthus refers to the white colour of the flowers, a reference to how they are the same colour as milk.

Category: Bulbs, Corms, Tubers & Rhizomatous Plants
Form: Bulb
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Provides winter colour
Awards: RHS Perfect for Pollinators

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.15 m (15 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shadeSpread: 0.10 m (10 cm)

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

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Snowdrops are one of the first bulbs to flower in the calendar year. There are many varieties and cultivars, some have double flowers. All have thin, grey-green leaves.

If you want to increase your stock of snowdrops, lift and carefully divide the clumps of bulbs just after flowering, whilst the foliage is still Ďin the greení.

Snowdrops are useful for growing below large, mature trees where few other plants will thrive. Snowdrops often form large colonies in wooded areas.

Plant bulbs 5cm deep in clusters forming natural patches. Where bulbs are planted in grass do not cut the grass until after the leaves have died back. Divide large colonies after flowering while the leaves are still green.


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