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giant snowdrop

Galanthus elwesii

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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.

CarePlant 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.

  • Genus : Galanthus
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • 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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