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Elwes's Snowdrop

Galanthus elwesii

Also known as

Greater Snowdrop, Giant Snowdrop

Partial Shade
Easy care
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

5a-9b

USDA zone

-29°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

30cm

Max

10cm

10cm

Min

5cm

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Elwes's Snowdrop

A photo of Elwes's Snowdrop
Galanthus elwesii, flower
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Galanthus ELWESII - from Hungary

Elwes's Snowdrop Overview

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.

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

Division

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

Special features of Elwes's Snowdrop

Attractive flowers

Attractive white blooms with green markings

Winter colour

Attractive white blooms.

Other uses of Elwes's Snowdrop

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.