Galanthus (Snowdrops)

This is the universally known species that naturalizes very easily, especially in moist soil that supplies sufficient nutrients (climatic zones 3-8). Either a sunny location or one with some shade will do great. The flowers are pendulous and bell-shaped.

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Snowdrops are tougher than they look

They may look very delicate – but as is proven time and again, looks can be deceiving. In especially cold spells you might spot Snowdrops wilting to the ground, only to suddenly revitalize once the temperature rises. The reason for this is that plant tissue is often damaged or killed by ice crystals that form in the cells during freezing, however, many plants, including Snowdrops, have ‘anti-freeze’ proteins that help prevent these ice crystals forming, thus protecting the plant cells from damage and allowing them to ‘resurrect’ themselves. This, however, is not the only Superhero feature of Galanthus – did you know that Snowdrop leaves have specially hardened tips to help them break through frozen soil?

Galanthus bulbs – the more the merrier

Snowdrop bulbs have fantastic naturalizing properties. Generally, they will take a year to get established and in their second year, will produce more flowers and begin to multiply and spread. Galanthus bulbs are particularly effective when planted in mass displays and look incredible when planted and left to naturalize in lawns, woodland settings and along walkways and paths. For best effect, plant in groups of at least 25 bulbs.

Galanthus fun fact

Recent research has shown that the average flowering date of the common Snowdrop has moved from around the end of February in the 1950s to early January! 

For the best-quality snowdrop bulbs for sale in the US market, look no further than the carefully selected top-sized bulbs available at DutchGrown™. We only supply top-sized bulbs for best performance and we ship our Snowdrop bulbs from Holland for Fall planting.