Galanthus nivalis 'Flore Pleno'

Common snowdrop

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Spring-blooming bulb

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For many gardeners snowdrops herald the end of winter. They are extraordinarily hardy, especially the common species, and can be depended on to flower very early whatever the weather - the colder and gloomier it is, the longer the blooms last, but in a sunny warm season they are comparatively fleeting, so always plant in light shade. They grow in most soils, but make the best plants in heavier moist soils. They are most successfully transplanted while growing (in the green), and dry bulbs often take a season to settle down before flowering. 'Flore Pleno' is a robust, vigorous variety with double, white flowers. The Royal Horticultural Society has recognised it as a plant of outstanding excellence by giving it their prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Amaryllidaceae

Genus: Galanthus

Species: nivalis

Cultivar: Flore Pleno

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, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 10cm

Spread: 10cm

Time to divide plants: May to June

Flowering period: February to March

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