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Elwes's snowdrop

Galanthus elwesii

Greater snowdrop

This clump-forming, bulbous perennial produces solitary, large, honey-scented, nodding white flowers with green marks at the tip of the inner petals in early spring. Typically growing to 30cm tall, leaves are dark green in colour, broadly strap-shaped and have an erect growth habit.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Spring
Fruiting time
Summer

Harvesting

Generally not harvested but can be taken for floral arrangements.

Propagation

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

Special features

Attractive flowers
Attractive white blooms with green markings
Winter colour
Attractive white blooms.

Geography

Origin
Mediterranean

Environment

Light
Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Notes
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.

Personality

Family
Amaryllidaceae
Flower colour
White, Green
Scent
Mild

Problems

Can be attacked by slugs and narcissus bulb fly, it can also suffer from grey mould.

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