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Galanthus - Snowdrops

Galanthus (Snowdrop) is one of the earliest and loveliest spring flowering bulbs, adding several weeks of color and beauty to the garden in late winter - early spring. Slightly fragrant, this small bulbous perennial features dainty, nodding white flowers with green or yellow markings at the tips of their inner petals.

Resistant to frost, even in full flower, it is easy to grow, deer and critter resistant and comes back year after year. It is best massed in sweeping drifts under large deciduous trees, in rock gardens, or planted along walks or paths where these charming beauties can be easily admired.

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Galanthus 'Atkinsii' (Snowdrop)

Very early and vigorous, award-winning Galanthus 'Atkinsii' is a distinctive and great garden Snowdrop. It produces nodding white flowers with long and slender outer petals which nicely enclose inner petals bearing a prominent green heart-shaped mark at their tips.

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Galanthus 'Lady Beatrix Stanley' (Snowdrop)

Noted for its strong garden performance, Galanthus 'Lady Beatrix Stanley' produces fully double, nodding white flowers, 1 in. wide (2.5 cm), with small green teardrops at the tips of their inner petals. Forming a tightly packed rosette, the long, narrow outer petals nicely enclose the wider inner petals which resemble many layered petticoats.

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Galanthus 'Magnet' (Snowdrop)

Noted for its vigor, health and beauty, Galanthus 'Magnet' is still incredibly popular a century after its introduction. Borne on slender, unusually long, arching pedicels, large, nodding white flowers swing gracefully in the wind in late winter - early spring. Their outer petals are twice as long as their inner petals which display conspicuous, v-shaped, green markings at their tips.

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Galanthus 'Primrose Warburg' (Snowdrop)

Glowing in the late winter garden, Galanthus 'Primrose Warburg' is a lovely yellow snowdrop cultivar. Its nodding white flowers feature a large golden-yellow ovary atop the white wing-like petals. The smaller inner petals are attractively adorned with a conspicuous lime-yellow marking (rather than green).

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Galanthus 'S. Arnott' (Snowdrop)

Tall and sturdy, Galanthus 'S. Arnott' is a favorite of many gardeners with its beautifully rounded blooms and delightful scent. It produces large, nodding white flowers, 1 in. wide (2.5 cm), with conspicuous, v-shaped, green markings at the tips of their inner petals.

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Galanthus 'Straffan' (Snowdrop)

One of the oldest Snowdrop cultivars (1858), Galanthus 'Straffan' is a real beauty and a great garden Snowdrop. A late flowering Snowdrop, it produces 2 flowering stems per bulb and therefore enjoys a much longer flowering season than others.

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Galanthus (Snowdrops)

There are 20 different Snowdrop species and several hundreds of hybrids. Yes, several hundreds (!). The craze known as Galanthophilia has swept through the ranks of gardening enthusiasts in the past few years. While all snowdrops look the same to the uninitiated - dainty, nodding white flowers, with a dab of green, held on a thin arching stalk at the end of a thicker stem - they reveal their differences when you take a closer look.

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Galanthus elwesii (Greater Snowdrop)

Taller than Galanthus nivalis, Galanthus elwesii, commonly known as Greater Snowdrop or Giant Snowdrop, also features larger flowers. Dainty, the nodding, white blooms display a double green mark on the inner petals that sometimes merge into one. They rise atop a foliage of bold, broad, silver-gray leaves which are reminiscent of those of tulips.

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Galanthus elwesii var. monostictus (Greater Snowdrop)

Very vigorous, Galanthus elwesii var. monostictus features dainty, nodding, white flowers with oval outer petals and shorter inner ones, adorned with a green heart-shaped mark at their tip. They rise atop a foliage of bold, broad, silver-gray leaves which are reminiscent of those of tulips.

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Galanthus nivalis (Snowdrop)

Galanthus nivalis (Snowdrop) is one of the earliest and loveliest spring flowering bulbs, adding several weeks of color and beauty to the garden in late winter - early spring. Slightly fragrant, this small bulbous perennial features dainty, nodding white flowers with a green spot at the apex of each petal atop 2 narrow, grayish-green leaves.

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Galanthus nivalis F. pleniflorus 'Flore Pleno' (Double Snowdrop)

Robust and incredibly attractive, Galanthus nivalis 'Flore Pleno' is a double snowdrop, which produces dainty, nodding white flowers, 1 in. long (2.5 cm), delicately marked with a green spot at the apex of each petal.

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Galanthus nivalis Sandersii Group (Snowdrop)

Noted for its brilliant look, Galanthus nivalis Sandersii group is a slightly different Snowdrop which originates from Northumberland. It features dainty, nodding white flowers with a bright gold ovary which hangs from an arching, lime-green pedicel. The inner petals are attractively adorned with conspicuous golden-yellow dots.

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Galanthus plicatus 'Wendy's Gold' (Pleated Snowdrop)

One of the most popular yellow Snowdrop, Galanthus plicatus 'Wendy's Gold' produces dainty, nodding white flowers with a brilliant lime-gold ovary which hangs from an arching, pale green pedicel. The inner petals are attractively adorned with a conspicuous long yellow marking.

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Galanthus reginae-olgae (Autumn Snowdrop)

The best known of the autumn-flowering snowdrops, award-winning Galanthus reginae-olgae resemble the popular Galanthus nivalis but blooms much earlier, sometimes in September, but more usually in October. Rich of a strong musky fragrance

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