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Galanthus nivalis (common snowdrop)

Galanthus nivalis Photo/Illustration: Steve Silk


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Galanthus nivalis gah-LAN-thuss niv-ALL-iss Common Name: common snowdrop 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


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 Beds and Borders, Naturalizing
Style Cottage Garden, Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest Winter Interest, Spring Interest
Type Bulbs

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