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Galanthus elwesii var. monostictus AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bulb

Habit

Clump-forming

Fragrance

Flower

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause mild stomach upset; contact might irritate skin

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Green and White in Winter

Foliage

Green and Grey/Silver in Spring and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

one-spotted Elwes's snowdrop

Family

Amaryllidaceae


Galanthus are dwarf bulbous perennials with linear or strap-shaped leaves, and solitary, often honey-scented, nodding flowers with 3 white outer tepals and 3 smaller inner ones often marked with green

G. elwesii var. monostictus is a bulbous perennial to 15cm, with broad, glaucous leaves and solitary nodding white flowers with oval outer segments 2cm in length, and shorter inner ones bearing a green V-shaped mark at the tip, in late winter

Synonym(s)

  • Galanthus caucasicus misapplied

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Exposed or Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil that does not dry out in summer in sun or partial shade

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Clay, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in containers in an open frame when ripe or by division when foliage dies back. Seed may not come true

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Garden Edging, Low Maintenance, Patio/Container Plants, Rock Garden or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be attacked by narcissus bulb fly

Diseases

May be subject to bulb grey mould