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Galanthus nivalis, ‘Snowdrops’

Galanthus nivalis, ‘Snowdrops’ have dainty 1″ white flowers with green dots. For many gardeners ‘Snowdrops’ herald the end of winter, often blooming right out of the melting snow. 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. Snowdrops are native to Europe and Asia Minor.

Each bulb produces 2-3 narrow (to ΒΌ” wide), linear, basal leaves (to 4″ at flowering) and a leafless flower scape (to 6″ tall) which is topped with a single, nodding, white, waxy, bell-shaped flower (1″ long). Best massed in sweeping drifts in areas where they can naturalize, such as woodland margins or in lawns under large deciduous trees. Also effective in groupings in rock gardens, border fronts, in front of flowering shrubs or along walks or paths. Mix with other early flowering bulbs. They are one of those plants that is deer resistant.


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Plant Details +

Bulb Type Bulb
Size 5+ cm
Height 4-6"
Spacing 4"
Hardiness Zones 3-7
Exposure Full Sun-Partial Shade
Foliage Green
Flower White with Green Dots
Bloomtime March

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Planting/Care Instructions +

Easy to Grow: 1. Dig a hole 1-2 inches deep or 2 times the height of the bulb. 2. Set the bulbs firmly in place, with the pointed ends facing upward. 3. Cover the bulbs with soil and water thoroughly.

Planting Instructions: Grow in informal groupings of 5 or more bulbs. Plant bulbs in fall 1-2 inches deep or 2 times the height of the bulb and 4" apart in well-drained soil with plenty of humus. Remove old flowers leaving as much stem and foliage as possible until they die down. Easily grown in average, medium wet, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, humusy soils in part shade. Grows particularly well under deciduous trees where exposure to the sun is full in early spring but gradually changes to part shade as the trees leaf out. Also prefers cool climates, and is somewhat short lived when grown south of USDA Zone 7.

When to Plant Outdoors: Product should be planted immediately after received in the fall. In extremely warm climates, plant when the ground cools. You may plant earlier or later as long as the ground is not too warm or frozen.