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Galanthus nivalis

Common snowdrop

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Key information

Plant type

Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour

White

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

Galanthus nivalis
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Plant details

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. The Royal Horticultural Society has recognised it as a plant of outstanding excellence by giving it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Amaryllidaceae

Genus: Galanthus

Species: nivalis

Plant type: Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Partial shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 15cm

Spread: 8cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

Flowering period: February to March


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