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Galanthus nivalis (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)
Galanthus nivalis (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)

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Zones 1-9, 14-17, 31-45
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Full, Partial
Regular Water
Moderate
Toxicity
Bulbs are poisonous if ingested.

Galanthus nivalis

Common Snowdrop
Amaryllidaceae
Bulbs and bulblike plants, Perennials, Flowers

GALANTHUS

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 nivalis ‘Flore Pleno’ (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)
Galanthus nivalis ‘Flore Pleno’ (photo courtesy of Denver Botanic Gardens)

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Galanthus nivalis

Delicate plant, with upright stems to 6–9 in. high bearing inch-long flowers; their inner segments are marked at the tips with a green crescent. Old favorite ‘Flore Pleno’ has double blooms.

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