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Galanthus woronowii AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Bulb

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Flower

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

White in Spring

Foliage

Green in Spring

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0-0.1 metre

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

giant 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

<p>G. woronowii is a compact bulbous perennial to 15cm tall, with strap-like bright green leaves and nodding white flowers in early spring, with green markings on the inner segments</p>

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Plant snowdrops in a partly-shaded position in a moist, but well-drained soil with leafmould or garden compost incorporated. It is important that the soil does not dry out in summer. This species comes mainly from north- eastern Turkey and eastern Georgia and southern Russia and is often found on chalk, but has a wide range of soils and conditions under which it grows. In the garden it is easy to grow and its leaves are a fresh green, making a change from the glaucous leaves of many other species

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam

Propagation

There are four methods that can be used to propagate snowdrops. Divide snowdrops 'in the green', Propagate by seed, chipping or twin scaling. Further bulb propagation advice

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Gravel Garden, Rock Garden, Patio/Container Plants or Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required. Allow the foliage to die back naturally

Pests

Squirrels digging up snowdrops planted as dry bulbs may be a problem

Diseases

Sometimes seedlings are lost through damping off which is caused by fungi and results in their collapse. Grey mould can affect snowdrops, especially in mild winters.