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Galanthus nivalis

Common Snowdrop

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Item #: 2466

Zones: 3a to 7b

Dormancy: Summer, Fall

Height: 8" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Light Shade

Origin: Balkans

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

I was thrilled in 2012 to finally see Galanthus nivalis in the wilds of Bosnia at 2,000' elevation, where it grew in lightly shaded limestone sinks. We've grown this common snowdrop in our home garden for decades, where it forms a nice clumps in the woodland garden. The pair of narrow glaucous green leaves are topped, starting in late February (NC), with 8" flowering stems, each ending in small, pendent, large-sepalled white bells, each tipped in green. After flowering, snowdrops set seed and then quickly go dormant for the summer. Either acidic or alkaline well-drained soils are fine. Our offerings of Galanthus nivalis are all nursery propagated plants. Galanthus nivalis was named as one of the top 200 plants of the last 200 years by the Royal Horticultural Society...quite an honor.