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Galanthus elwesii

Snowdrop

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Key information

Plant type

Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour

White

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by bbc.co.uk/gardening

Plant details

If you are looking for a snowdrop that has that extra impact, then Galanthus elwesii is worth looking out for. It is a giant-flowered snowdrop with honey-scented blooms, which have two delicate green marks on the petals. Like all snowdrops, G. elwesii is most successfully transplanted while growing (in the green), and dry bulbs often take a season to settle down before flowering.

Family: Amaryllidaceae

Genus: Galanthus

Species: elwesii

Plant type: Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 22cm

Spread: 8cm

Time to divide plants: March to April


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