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Elwes's Snowdrop

Galanthus elwesii

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Also known as

Greater Snowdrop, Giant Snowdrop, Snowdrop

Galanthus elwesii, flower by Schnobby (CC BY-SA 3.0)

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Easy care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Elwes's Snowdrop - 6 Bulbs - 4/5cm - Galanthus elwesii



Elwes's Snowdrop Overview

Galanthus elwesii is a late winter early spring flowering deciduous bulbous perennial that produces solitary, large, honey-scented, nodding white flowers with two green marks at the tip of the inner petals. Also known Elwes's Snowdrop or Greater Snowdrop this plant typically grows to 30cm tall, in clumps with blue-grey leaves that are broadly strap-shaped are folded one inside the other at the base with an erect growth habit. This low maintenance 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 and has earned a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit. For the best results plant Snowdrops 'in the green' immediately after flowering - alternatively, bulbs can be planted in autumn between 7-10cm (3-4") deep. Bulbs should not dry out - plant as soon as you purchase them. Galanthus elwesii are 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.

Common problems with Elwes's Snowdrop

How to harvest Elwes's Snowdrop

Generally not harvested but can be taken for floral arrangements.

How to propagate Elwes's Snowdrop


Divide clumps when 'In the green' and replant straight away for the best results.


You can propagate by division in the spring after flowering or in late summer or autumn when bulbs are dormant.

Special features of Elwes's Snowdrop

Attractive flowers

Attractive white blooms with green markings

Winter colour

Attractive white blooms.