One of the earliest spring-flowering bulbs; and one which no garden should be without.
Will grow anywhere, even under shrubs; likes some shade. The bulbs should be planted at a depth of 6 cm, preferably in early autumn.
The soil must be fairly damp and not too sandy.
When the foliage has died down the bulbs should be lifted, the offsets removed and planted separately.
elwesii: Height 15-20 cm; flowering season late winter; the are white, greenish inside, slightly globular in shape.
Galanthus nivalis: Height 10-20 cm;from early winter onwards. The flowers are white, smaller than in the previous species, more slender and less green inside. ‘Plenus’ is a double form with white, green-flecked flowers.