Galanthus - nivalis - Snowdrops

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Galanthus produce charming white blossoms on slender stems resembling drops of snow that appear out of the ground in very early spring before the snow is gone. Galanthus are a very welcome sign to signal spring's arrival!

About this Variety

Galanthus nivalis are lovely single blossoms that push out of the ground, often before the snow has disappeared. Critter resistant and a good naturalizer if happy where planted.


  • First blooms of spring
  • Deer & critter resistant
  • Naturalizes well
  • Beneficial to pollinators
  • Excellent cut flowers for bud vases


Full Sun to Partial Shade


Late Winter to Early Spring


Grows 4-6" tall


Plant 2-3" apart, 2-3" deep

USDA Zones:

Grow as Perennial in zones 3-8. Grow as Annual elsewhere.

Growing Instructions

Plant in the fall, before the first frost hardens the soil. Dig a hole to the required depth. Place bulb in hole, pointed side up. Cover with soil and water thoroughly. Mulch in extreme climates.

For container planting, bury the bulb three times as deep as the bulb is wide. In zones 6 and below, you will need to protect your bulb containers. Place them near the foundation of the house or other structure. In zones 3-5, place the container in an unheated garage or shed.

After blooming, leave the bulbs in place so plants can clump or reseed. Divide only when containers or planting spaces become too crowded. Propagate in the fall by division after they have been chilled for four weeks in a moist medium.

Care Tip

Plant in containers as an accent to taller growing flower bulbs. For a natural look, grow en masse in large drifts the landscape. Contact with galanthus bulbs may cause skin irritation. Use gloves or handle with care. Wash hands thoroughly after planting.


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