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Galanthus or Snowdrop' Flower

If you are looking for a relaibel plant to relieve the winter blues, then Galanthus may the answer. Commonly knaown as 'snowdrops' they will in fact push their way up throught the snow in late winter, a sure sign that spring is just aroud the corner.

Galanthus bulbs or 'Snowdrops' including galanthus nivalis, elwesii and woronowwii are readily available for sale online.

Galanthus or 'Snowdrops' are a popular winter to late spring flowering bulb and do well in cool to mild areas.

Galanthus are grown from bulbs in the main although it is possible to grow species from seed as well.

Plant Galanthus bulbs in the Fall for best results We suggest buy at least 10 -20 bulbs and plant them in a clump for best effect in the garden border, Galanthus can also be grown in pots or containers.

Galanthus species


You will usually find these bulbs simply listed as ‘Galanthus’ or ’Snowdrops’, however a number of species are available.

A few rare and unusual Galanthus species can be found at specialist nurseries

  • Galanthis nivalis - The common snowdrop, widely available.
  • Galanthus plicatus - The Crimean Snowdriop, larger than the common variety with broader foliage that 'folds under' when first emerging.
  • Galanthus plicatus dwarf - Includes 'Babraham Dwarf', low growing and very attractive.
  • Galanthus woronowwii - From Turkey, large growing sometimes called the 'Giant snowdrop'.
  • Galanthus cuacasicus - Greyish green foliage
  • Galanthus elwessii - Larger in foliage and flowers than the common form.
  • Galanthus ikariae - From Greece and the Island of Ikaria as the name suggests. Small growing..
  • Galanthus reginae-olgae - A smaller growing species again from Greece.

Other Info

  • Galanthus can be grown in containers. They will need to be divided every 3 -4 years.

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