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Snowdrop Galanthus elwesii

Other Common Name(s):

Other plants called Snowdrop:

Previously known as:

  • Chianthemum elwesii
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

This variety is commonly called giant snowdrop because its flowers and leaves are larger than the similar common snowdrop (G. nivalis). It is a bulbous perennial with 2-3 strap-shaped, basal leaves.  It grows solitary flowers on naked stems, each 6-parted and white with inner segments that have a terminal green mark.  It blooms in February-March, even if snow is present.

It grows easily in well-drained soils in full sun to partial shade.  More moisture is needed if grown in partial shade; it grows particularly well under deciduous trees. It prefers cooler climates and may be short-lived when grown south of Zone 7; however, it is damaged if the temperature is below 14 degrees Fahrenheit. It naturalizes easily through self-seeding and bulb offsets which can grow into large colonies, even up to 400 square feet.  Plant 0-2 in. apart, 60-400 per sq. ft., 5 in. to base of the bulb.

They are best displayed in areas where they can naturalize, such as open woodland areas, woodland margins or in lawns under large deciduous trees. However, they can also be planted in rock gardens, along walks or paths, or in front of shrubs.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#white#bulb#showy flowers#understory#poisonous#full sun#spring#part shade#perennials
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#white#bulb#showy flowers#understory#poisonous#full sun#spring#part shade#perennials
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Galanthus
    Species:
    elwesii
    Family:
    Amaryllidaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Bulb
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Balkans, western Turkey
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Tolerates deer, clay soil, black walnut trees
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 3 in. - 0 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Bulb
    Perennial
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Spreading
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Dappled Sunlight (Shade through upper canopy all day)
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Occasionally Wet
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Green
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Winter
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    A solitary, pendulous, bell-shaped white flower, held on a slender pedicel. 6-parted, white but with inner segments that have a terminal green mark.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Linear
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Each bulb generally produces two to three linear, or very narrowly lanceolate, greyish-green leaves from its base.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Houseplants
    Naturalized Area
    Rock Wall
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Pollinator Garden
    Rock Garden
    Winter Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Black Walnut
    Deer
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN. Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Phenanthridine alkaloids
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Roots