A charming, much loved and well recognised flower associated with the beginning of Spring.
The Giant Snowdrop is so called because of the size of its leaves which are much broader than those of many other Snowdrops. Charming green and white flowers appear in January on short stems and are easily recognisable. One of the first flowers to appear in the new year, Galanthus woronowii is a welcome addition to the garden and looks beautiful when planted in large groups with winter flowering Heathers and Hellebores, in partly shaded mixed borders or large containers. As well as the flowers, the shiny green leaves add a freshness to bleak winter days and a sense of new beginnings. Found in the wild, in Georgia which is sandwiched between Russia and Turkey, this remarkable plant is extremely hardy and able to put up with whatever our winter weather throws at it.
One of the first plants to flower in the new year adding valuable colour to shady areas under trees and shrubs.
Plant Type: Spring Bulb
Hardiness: H7: Hardy - Very Cold Winter (Below -20C)
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): 20cm x 30cm (Mature age: 2 Years)
Foliage Colour: Green
Flower Colour: White, Green
Fragrant Flower: No
Aromatic Foliage: No
RHS Award of Garden Merit: Yes
RHS Perfect for Pollinators: Yes
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Hazardous / Poisonous Information: Bulbs should not be eaten/skin irritant
Soil Type: Acid, Alkaline, Chalky, Loam, Sandy
Soil Drainage: Moist but Well Drained
Light Exposure: Part Shade
Planting Style: Cottage Garden, Informal Garden, Flower Beds & Borders, Containers, Courtyard Garden, Rock Garden, Damp Shade, Woodland Garden
Season of Interest: Winter
Flowering (from - to): January - February
Snowdrops grow best in a sheltered, partly shaded position and in soil that's not too dry in summer. Either remove the pot and plant into well prepared soil by digging a hole twice the size of the pot or simply plunge the pot into a border or larger container and remove it once the flowers have been enjoyed. Allow the flowers and leaves to die back naturally. Because Snowdrops die back after flowering (known as 'summer dormant') they require very little watering but keep containers watered in dry weather whilst they are flowering. Established clumps of Snowdrops can be dug up and divided straight after flowering when they are 'in the green' to increase your stocks and this is the best time to plant them rather than as bulbs in the autumn. Remember to replant the bulbs deeply, to the same depth as they were - indicated by the white parts of the leaves which should be underground.