GALANTHUS or SNOWDROP

P. Really too well-known to need description, but there are other forms besides the familiar single and double forms of Galanthus nivalis. They are all white with green markings like the common snowdrop (nivalis) but the flowers are often larger, coming on longer stems, and usually appear cither before or after nivalis. Galanthus nivalis viridapicis has globular flowers with green-tipped petals and is later than the type. Straffan Variety has extra large, rounded flowers nearly 2 ½ i1- across. When established each bulb produces two flowers. Arnott’s Seedling also has larger flowers, borne on very long stems. Colesbourne is a dwarf form which is useful for window-boxes.

Galanthus cilicus blooms in November and G. Elwesii in January. Snowdrops should be planted 3—4 in. deep and almost touching one another. They do not like being kept out of the ground too long and are best planted in September, or earlier if possible. They associate well with chionodoxas, crocus, eranthis (winter aconite), muscari, etc., and may be grown on the rockery, in short grass or around tree trunks and shrubs and so on. They prefer a cool soil and some shade and are particularly happy in the north and Scotland.

Snowdrops can be planted on lawns as the foliage usually dies down before the lawn receives its first mowing. Established clumps may be divided soon after flowering. Self-sown seedlings often occur.

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