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common snowdrop

Galanthus nivalis

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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.

CarePlant 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

  • Genus : Galanthus
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Plant Type : Bulbs
  • Bloom Time : Early Spring, Spring, Winter
  • Tolerance : Frost Tolerant
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Plant Height : Under 6 inches
  • Plant Width : Under 6 inches
  • Flower Color : White
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