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Common snowdrop       

Galanthus nivalis

Common snowdrop is part of the Galanthus genus and its scientific name is Galanthus nivalis. The nivalis part of this plant's botanical name means 'found growing in or near snow'.

Snowdrops grow from small bulbs and have short bright green leaves that grow in very early spring. The flowers are bell shaped, mainly white with green markings.
One of the first flowers of the spring.

This variety typically blooms in the following colours:   Floral white and   Sea green and   Tea green. When mature, blooms are roughly 1.0 cm (that's 0.39 inches in imperial) in diameter.The mature flowers take a single form, with an approximate petal count of 4. This variety typically produces fruit in the following colours:   Meat brown. The leaves of this particular variety normally show as   Ao green and   La Salle Green colour. Common snowdrop grows as a perennial and is a non-edible flower / ornamental. Being a perennial plant, it tends to grow best over several years (approx 3 years and greater). Common snowdrop is known for its clump-forming habit and growing to a height of approximately 15.0 cm (5.85 inches). Expect blooming to occur in late winter.

Common snowdrop is great for inexperienced gardeners and those that like low maintainance gardens.

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How to grow Common snowdrop

  • Partial Sun

  • High

Bulbs may take four or five years to flower from seed but as long as you mark the place carefully, you will be able to keep an eye on them.
Probably easier to buy mature plants ‘in the green’ just after flowering as this is the time when they are supposed to transplant most successfully

Plant in a location that enjoys partial sun and remember to water often. Keep in mind when planting that Common snowdrop is thought of as very hardy, so this plant will tend to survive through freezing conditions.

See our list of companion Plants for Common snowdrop to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Common snowdrop from seed

Collect seed in early spring as they ripen on the plant and plant into 7cm pots, covering only lightly. Use well drained compost, mixing it with a little vermiculite. Keep moist but leave the pot exposed to the weather all winter and the seeds should germinate in the spring

Soil temperature should be kept higher than 10°C / 50°F to ensure good germination.

Transplanting Common snowdrop

Allow the seedlings to grow in in a sheltered position out of direct sun. Pot on if necessary, but there is little growth in the first season. Leave the pot exposed to the weather in the second winter and the plants will start to grow again in the spring.
Pot on as necessary,
Bulbs are slow from seed and it will take a few years before they are big enough to be planted in the garden and not get ‘lost’
Remember to keep damp during the summer and in a cool position out of the sun
Plant out in the flowering position in the third spring and mark the place carefully. Snowdrops are often naturalised on a bank or in a woody or wild part of the garden.

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Common snowdrop is a very hardy plant.

Seed Saving Common snowdrop

The seed pods swell during the spring and ripen in early summer. It is a good idea to mark the position of the bulbs with a cane, as by the time they are ripe, the grass has grown up to cover them. Collect the seed pods just before they are ready to burst and store in a paper bag until they are dry.

Common Common snowdrop problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Common snowdrop plants:

Common snowdrop Etymology

The botanical epithet is from the Latin nivalis meaning “found growing in or near snow”

The generic Galanthus comes from the Greek “gala” (milk) and “anthos” flower, and was given to the genus by Carl Linnaeus in 1735.1

Common snowdrop Folklore & Trivia

Contains galantamine an acetylcholine esterase inhibitor used in slowing the progression of Altzheimer’s disease.

Other names for Common snowdrop


Galanthus nivalis L.

Misspellings: Snowdrops

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