Common snowdrop Galanthus nivalis


Common snowdrop Galanthus nivalis © Jennifer Hope-Morley

Common snowdrop Latin name

Galanthus nivalis

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Galanthus nivalis Common name

Common snowdrop

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Common snowdrop Plant family

Galanthus – varieties of late Winter- and early Spring-flowering bulbs grown for their small, long white downward hanging flowers.

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Common snowdrop Description

Category: Bulbs

Type: Flowering bulbs

Height: 10 to 15 cm

Spread: 5 to 8 cm

Leaves: Narrow, strap-shaped, semi-erect grey green leaves growing from the base

Flowers/berries: Late Winter- and early Spring-flowering pendant flowers with 3 relatively large outer petals (up to 2.5 cm) and 3 smaller inner petals that form a cup with green mark at tip of the petals depending on variety

Normally grown for: Their white pendant flowers

Note: Can be “naturalized” but don’t allow bulbs to dry out when storing

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Common snowdrop Planting preferences

Hardiness: Fully hardy

Soil type: Humus-rich, moist soil

Planting situation: Partial shade

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Common snowdrop Uses



In lawns (Naturalized)


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