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Galanthus elwesii AGM

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© Niki Simpson 1998

Characteristics

Plant type

Bulb

Habit

Tufted

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

0-0.1 metre

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

greater 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 is a perennial to 30cm, with broad, glaucous leaves and nodding, solitary white flowers in late winter, the outer segments to 2.5cm in length, inner ones flared at tip, with both basal and apical green marks that sometimes merge into one

Other common names

  • Elwes's snowdrop

Synonym(s)

  • Galanthus graecus Orph. ex Boiss.

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, North-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.

Soil

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

Propagation

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

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Rock Garden, Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs or Wildflower meadow


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Can get narcissus bulb fly and slugs

Diseases

May be infected by a grey mould