Common Name: Snow Drop
Planting Time: Early-mid Fall (October)
Height: 4-10 Inches
Spread: Naturalizing, Grow in Spreading Clumps
Exposure: Full Sun
Soil: Moist, Well-Drained
Hardiness: Zone 3-5
Bloom Colour: White and Green
Foliage Colour: Grey-Green, Blue-Green and Apple-Green
Bloom Time: Early-mid Spring…Right Up Out of the Melting Snow!
Often forgotten about in the fall when everyone is picking out their tulips and daffodils for showy
spring color; people don't realize how magnificent this plant is until it reaches out of the depths
of darkness and cold to be the first greeter of the earliest Robin. This is a giver of hope, a wish
granted of early spring, which is why it has been named by some as the "Hope flower".
Galanthus comes from the Greek language as: gala= milk and anthos= flower... milk flower,
referring to its milky flower petals, and nivalis is Latin meaning: resembling snow. Most call this
tiny early bird "Snow Drop" for its arrival through the snow. Originally from turkey, it has made its
way here as a folk remedy for arthritis and digestive problems. This was not so far fetched because
Galanthus produces PHENANTHRIDINE alkaloids whichcause nausea and vomiting if eaten. Pretty
as it may be, this plant is not to be eaten. It definitely packs a punch. Basically, it is toxic so
please do not eat it. If you are concerned about children or pets, it would be best to plant in areas
not frequented by them
However, if you simply must have it, it is best planted in large, odd-numbered patches. Doing so will create a
more realistic, natural swag. Because it is so small, planting in higher rock garden and sunny locations is
recommended. If you want to prolong the blooming, simply plant in lower area where the snow takes longer to
melt, but.be cautious because if the bulb sits in wetness too long it will rot. Keep in mind when planting in fall,
that it only requires to be planted 3 inches deep. Now, just because they are planted shallow, does not exempt
you from having to use bone meal. This will ensure healthy root growth which will help these bulbs pull
themselves down into the soil to exactly where they want to be and exactly where you want them to be in spring.
Another recommended cultivar: G. elwesii: Giant Snowdrop
Taller, wider leaves and larger flower heads with extra splotches of green (shown in banner image).