Snowdrops (Galanthus plicatus) are much loved bulbs of exquisite beauty. The flowers are quite large by comparison to most Snowdrops.
Some gardeners are so crazy about these Snowdrops they are labelled 'Galanthophiles' (after the botanical name), and who could blame them, they are very special little blooms.
Late winter to early spring you will fall in love with the superb flowers, each white bloom is 2-3cm long with a touch of green on the inner tepal.
The gently arching leaves are a muted green and grow 8-20cm long, the edges slightly curved, from which it gets it botanical species name plicatus, meaning pleated.
Grow your Snowdrops in a cool spot in well drained soil. They grow well in conditions similar to those favoured by Hellebores or Hostas. A humus rich, moist, well drained soil is ideal.
Galanthus plicatus is commonly known as the Crimean Snowdrop as it originates from Crimea and the areas around the Black Sea. During the Crimean war in the 1850's British soldiers were taken by the blooms and many are reported to have taken bulbs back to England with them.
Late winter to early spring
Cool to Mediterranean
Full Sun to Semi Shade