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Galanthus nivalis – Snowdrop

Galanthus nivalis is also known as Galanthus nivalis ‘Simplex’, Common Snowdrop, Common Bells, Purification Flower, Candlemas Bells, Candlemas Lily, Fair Maids of February, or Little Sister of the Snows. It belongs to the Amaryllidaceae family of plants. Galanthus Nivalis is a bulbous perennial. It has white fragrant flowers that bloom in early spring. The leaves are grey-green and narrow. It flowers in late winter between January and March. Galanthus nivalis can grow to a height of 12cm or 5in.

Snowdrops grow in partial shade in humus-rich moist well-drained soil. It should be planted in late spring after the leaves die down and the soil where it is planted mustn’t dry down in the summer. Propagate by seed or division when the leaves die back. Watch out for grey mold bulb fly or slugs.

Candlemas Bells
Snowdrop, Galanthus nivalis

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