Snowdrops

Galanthus spp.

Galanthus nivalis002
by Meneerke bloem (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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Galanthus nivalis002
by Meneerke bloem (CC BY-SA 3.0)
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A genus of dwarf bulbous perennial flowering plants in the Amaryllidaceae family native to Europe and the Middle East comprising 21 accepted species. They are also widely naturalised due to their popularity as cultivated garden flowers. Commonly known as snowdrops, members of this genus have strap-shaped leaves and nodding white flowers consisting of three outer tepals and three inner ones. Many varieties, cultivars and hybrids are available which have been bred for a diverse range of flower shapes and green markings. Snowdrops are a common British woodland flower and seeing them in the wild is a sure sign spring is on the way!
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Planning

Flowering time

Spring, Winter

Special features

Attractive flowers

Environment

Light

Partial Sun, Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Sand, Loam, Clay, Chalk

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Notes

This low maintenance clump forming bulbous perennial can be planted in beds and borders under deciduous trees or shrubs or in pots and containers for late winter displays. It can be naturalised through grass in wildflower areas.

Personality

Family

Amaryllidaceae

Flower colour

White, Green

Scent

Strong
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