giant snowdrop

Galanthus elwesii

Photo/Illustration: 
Boyd Hagen
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giant snowdrop (Galanthus elwesii)
gah-LAN-thuss el-WES-ee-eye
Synonyms:  Amaryllidaceae
Genus:  Galanthus
The giant snowdrop has larger flowers and broader leaves than the more common G. nivalis , but grows to the same 4 inches tall and wide. Its white, nodding blooms appear in late winter, signalling spring around the corner.
Care:  Plant in fall at a depth of 3 times the height of the bulb. Provide full sun to partial shade and moist, well-drained soil in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 9.
Propagation:   Lift and divide 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 Flower
Uses
Naturalizing
Style
Beds and Borders,
Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Frost Tolerant
Type
Bulbs

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