common snowdrop

Galanthus nivalis

Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Silk
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common snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis)
gah-LAN-thuss niv-ALL-iss
Genus:  Galanthus

Snowdrops are some of the earliest bulbs, and flowers in general, to bloom in spring. Galanthus nivalis is the most common species, and its cultivars are the most commonly grown snowdrops on the market. They are reliably hardy and perennial. They grow to 4 inches tall and wide and flower in mid- to late winter, long before most other plants. They are the first sign of spring around the corner. Flowers are nodding and white.

Care: 

Plant bulbs in fall at a depth three times the height of the bulb. Provide full sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soil in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 8.

Propagation: 

 Lift and divide clumps just after flowering. Replant and allow leaves to die back naturally.

Problems: 

 No serious problems

Overview

Height
Less than 6 in.
Spread
Less than 6 in.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Spring,
Spring,
Winter
Flower Color
White
Uses
Beds and Borders
Style
Cottage Garden,
Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Frost Tolerant
Type
Bulbs

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