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Galanthus nivalis
Galanthus nivalis

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Zones 1-9, 14-17, 31-45
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Bulbs are poisonous if ingested.

Galanthus elwesii

Giant Snowdrop
Bulbs and bulblike plants, Perennials, Flowers


These natives of Europe and Asia Minor perform best in cold-winter climates. Closely related to and often confused with Leucojum (snowflake). Among the first bulbs to bloom as winter ends. Nodding, bell-shaped white flowers are borne one per stalk; the inner flower segments are infused or marked with green, while the larger outer segments are pure white. Plants have two or three strap-shaped basal leaves.

Use in rock gardens or under flowering shrubs, naturalize in woodlands, or grow in pots. Plant in fall, setting bulbs 3–4 in. deep and 3 in. apart in moist soil with ample humus. They prefer year-round moisture. Do not divide often; when division is necessary, do the job right after bloom.

Galanthus elwesii
Galanthus elwesii

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Galanthus elwesii

Foot-high stems carry 1 1/2-in. flowers; inner segments are hea­vily infused with green. Better adapted to mild-­winter zones than G. nivalis.

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