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Galanthus elwesii (giant snowdrop)

Galanthus elwesii Photo/Illustration: Boyd Hagen


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Galanthus elwesii gah-LAN-thuss el-WES-ee-eye Common Name: giant snowdrop 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.


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

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