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Galanthus plicatus AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bulb

Habit

Clump-forming

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

Grey/Silver and Dark Green 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

pleated 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. plicatus is a bulbous perennial to 20cm in height, with broad, grey-bloomed, dark green pleated leaves and solitary white flowers 2.5cm in length from late winter, the inner segments marked green at apex, sometimes also at base

Other common names

  • Crimean snowdrop

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