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Galanthus nivalis (Common snowdrop)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.2m
Max height
0.1m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Galanthus nivalis

Other names

Common snowdrop, Fair maids of February, Little sister of the snows, purification flower, Candlemas bells, Candlemas lily, Common bells

Genus

Galanthus Galanthus

Species

G. nivalis - G. nivalis is a bulbous perennial with narrow, grey-green leaves, and solitary, nodding, fragrant, double white flowers in spring.


Galanthus nivalis is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Flower has fragrance

Habit

Mat Forming, Weeping

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset and skin contact might irritate.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Green, White in Winter

Foliage

Green, Grey-green in Winter

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs , Narcissus bulb fly Slugs , Narcissus bulb fly

Grey mould Grey mould

General care


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Where to grow

Galanthus nivalis (Common snowdrop) will reach a height of 0.2m and a spread of 0.1m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Underplanting, Wildflower

Cultivation

Plant in humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil that does not dry out in summer. Although you can plant bulbs, it is better to plant 'in the green', when the plant has foliage and flowers in show. These tend to establish better than bulbs without growth

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

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Botanical name

Galanthus nivalis

Other names

Common snowdrop, Fair maids of February, Little sister of the snows, purification flower, Candlemas bells, Candlemas lily, Common bells

Genus

Galanthus Galanthus

Species

G. nivalis - G. nivalis is a bulbous perennial with narrow, grey-green leaves, and solitary, nodding, fragrant, double white flowers in spring.

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Flower has fragrance

Habit

Mat Forming, Weeping

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset and skin contact might irritate.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Green, White in Winter

Foliage

Green, Grey-green in Winter


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs , Narcissus bulb fly

Specific diseases

Grey mould


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Galanthus nivalis (Common snowdrop) will reach a height of 0.2m and a spread of 0.1m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Underplanting, Wildflower

Cultivation

Plant in humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil that does not dry out in summer. Although you can plant bulbs, it is better to plant 'in the green', when the plant has foliage and flowers in show. These tend to establish better than bulbs without growth

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

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