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Galanthus nivalis f. pleniflorus 'Flore Pleno' (d) 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

Up to 10 cm

Ultimate spread

0-0.1 metre

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

double 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

'Flore Pleno' is a bulbous perennial to 15cm, with narrow, grey-green leaves and solitary, nodding, fragrant, double white flowers 2.5cm in length, the inner segments mostly marked with green at the tip

Other common names

  • double common snowdrop

Synonym(s)

  • Galanthus nivalis 'Flore Pleno'

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 divide 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, Cut Flowers, Ground Cover, 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