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 ¼” 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.