Giant snowdrop

Galanthus woronowii

Giant snowdrop - Galanthus woronowii

Common Name: Giant snowdrop
Genus: Galanthus
Species: woronowii

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
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Provides winter colour

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.15 m (15 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.05 m (5 cm)

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

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


  • Other features: all parts of the plant may cause a mild stomach upset if ingested; contact with the bulbs may cause skin irritation

This variety has been grown in the UK for around 100 years but originates from a wide range of habitats in north-eastern Turkey and southern Russia. It can be found naturalised in forests, fields, ditches, grassy meadows as well as rocky gorges, scree and stony slopes. Because of its wide range of natural habitats it is a pretty tough customer and can be grown just about anywhere. It has a basal rosette of chunky green leaves that are waxy to the touch and from their centre emerges a single stem, bearing the delicate white flower which has a small green mark on the inner segments.

  • Garden care: Plant bulbs 5cm deep in dense clusters to form naturalistic drifts. Where bulbs are planted in grass, do not cut the grass until after the leaves have died right back. Divide large colonies after flowering, while the leaves are still green for use in other moist well-drained areas.


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