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Plant Identification: SOLVED: snow drops and scented iris - waiting for spring photos.

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Fort Worth, TX

January 15, 2013
10:20 AM

Post #9385931

I want to trade some antique bulbs that I have, but as they are not for sale anywhere (snow drops)
or the pink scented iris are pretty hard to ID via the internet, I think I will have to wait until they bloom again so I can put a photo up.

The iris are not antiques, a strain probably developed in the 80's, certainly before 1993, when a friend brought me some leftover bulbs from the iris society plant sale. They are gorgeous and smell nice, but where am I going to find a good identification for them? (to check beard color and exact shade I must wait to take photos...)

I am fairly sure the snow drop is a scarce old antique variety. I've hunted for more and never found one that looked quite like tinkerbell's umbrella. Mine are white with a green dot at the tip of each petal.

(fumbling around here. Will send photos as soon as someone blooms, but tips are welcome. I need some blooming herbs and my expense on bee fodder is rather high.)


Beautiful, BC
(Zone 9b)

January 15, 2013
10:25 AM

Post #9385936

In PlantFiles there is fairly comprehensive collection of Snowdrops:[common]=&searcher[family]=&searcher[genus]=Galanthus&searcher[species]=&searcher[cultivar]=&searcher[hybridizer]=&searcher[grex]=&search_prefs[blank_cultivar]=&search_prefs[sort_by]=rating&images_prefs=both&Search=Search . Do you see the one you have there?

Can you describe the Iris? Maybe narrow it down to species.
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

January 15, 2013
10:40 AM

Post #9385952

If you want identification of your snowdrop cultivars by experts, please post your photos to the Scottish Rock Garden Society plant ID forum:

If you look elsewhere on the SRGC site, you'll see that snowdrops are of immense interest there:

This message was edited Jan 15, 2013 11:50 AM
Fort Worth, TX

January 15, 2013
11:30 AM

Post #9386022

Closest Iris I saw was on this page, Beverly Sills, but without knowing whether it is scented, I'm not sure. And the color maybe just a twitch off - not much, but until April I can't get a photo. Amazingly enough I take bee and pond and dog photos, but rarely photograph my flowers.

Yes the Scottish Rock Garden people are "dropaholics" for snow drops - amazing. And my variety is not on top of Mark's page that has several varieties. I suspect it had been under that monkey grass for 10+years. But I don't know. The house was built in 1969, but gardeners bring plants from the old house to the new. I just know I've never seen them for sale and for 20 years I have cultivated divided and grown more, they are so beautiful. Can't wait to get a pic, looking like 2 or 3 weeks til blooms, they are a couple of inches tall.


This message was edited Jan 15, 2013 1:43 PM


Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

January 15, 2013
11:42 AM

Post #9386037

Maybe what you have is a Leucojum vernum snowflake rather than a Galanthus. Sometimes snow flakes are mistakenly labelled snow drop.
Fort Worth, TX

January 15, 2013
11:49 AM

Post #9386047

Snowdrop 'Viridapice'
Galanthus nivalis is very very close.

You are right - Spring Snowflake.

Spring Snowflake (Leucojum vernum) and Summer Snowflake or Loddon Lily (Leucojum aestivum) are bulbous plants belonging to the Amaryllidaceae family, subfamily Amaryllidoideae.[1] They are the only species currently classified in the genus Leucojum. The spelling Leucoium may also be found.

Ok, thank you. Fixed my trade. Still have bulbs to swap

This message was edited Jan 15, 2013 1:49 PM


Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

January 15, 2013
11:57 AM

Post #9386058

Happy to help. I was given Leucojum vernum years ago as "Snow Drop" and shared it with friends as snow drop...then one day a Horticulture professor friend was here and commented on the Leucojum in the garden...I said Oh the snow drops...duh...he corrected the name for me and I had to call friends I had shared with to correct the mistake. He did say that they are often confused, even by nurseries.
Fort Worth, TX

January 15, 2013
12:06 PM

Post #9386080

Since I think the Iris may have to solve itself in April, I am going to mark this thread as solved. Thank you again!

I went back through the Wiki article. Not Spring Snowflakes (yellow dots) I have Summer Snowflakes. Wow. Educational day. Off to inventory.

This message was edited Jan 15, 2013 2:13 PM

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