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Galanthus spp.

Also known as


Galanthus nivalis (sneeuwklok) by Dominicus Johannes Bergsma (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Snowdrops Overview

Galanthus is a genus of dwarf bulbous perennials in the Amaryllidaceae family, native to Europe and the Middle East, comprising 21 accepted species. They are also widely naturalised due to their popularity as cultivated garden flowers. Commonly known as Snowdrops, members of this genus have strap-shaped leaves and nodding white flowers, consisting of three outer tepals and three inner ones. Many varieties, cultivars and hybrids are available which have been bred for a diverse range of flower shapes and green markings. Snowdrops are a common British woodland flower and seeing them in the wild is a sure sign spring is on the way!

Common problems with Snowdrops

How to propagate Snowdrops




You can propagate by division in the spring after flowering or in late summer or autumn when bulbs are dormant.

Special features of Snowdrops

Attractive flowers

Attractive white blooms with green markings.

Other uses of Snowdrops

This low maintenance clump forming bulbous perennial can be planted in beds and borders under deciduous trees or shrubs or in pots and containers for late winter displays. It can be naturalised through grass in wildflower areas.

Spring Flowering Bulbs

Flowering in spring these bulbs give a beautiful display.

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Looking Good in February - Top 10

Traditionally flowering in February, these flowers will be at their best this month.

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