Galanthus nivalis

Galanthus nivalis

Snowdrop

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Galanthus nivalis
  • Common name: Snowdrop
  • Plant type: Bulb

Height: 15cm

Spread: 8cm

Flower colour:
  • White
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Flowers

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For many gardeners the snowdrop, Galanthus nivalis, heralds the end of winter. It's extraordinarily hardy, and can be relied 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.

Galanthus nivalis grows in most soils, but grows best in heavier, moist soils. It's 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 given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Position

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, Partial shade
  • Aspect: North facing, East facing, South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Front
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: Purgative if ingested

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