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PlantFiles: Double Common Snowdrop
Galanthus nivalis 'Flore Pleno'

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Galanthus (guh-LAN-thus) (Info)
Species: nivalis (niv-VAL-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Flore Pleno

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under 6 in. (15 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Winter


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ladywriter On May 28, 2004, ladywriter from Houston, TX wrote:

When we moved to our current house 4 years ago, a little snowdrop plant came up by our front steps in early February. It was apparently planted by a previous resident. With no care at all, it re-appears and blooms profusely every year.

Positive Todd_Boland On Apr 9, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

Snowdrops are always a welcome sight come spring. The double-flowered one is a bit bigger than the norm. My plant came as a division from a plant that was growing in my area before 1940, proving that they are indeed long-lived plants!

Neutral Baa On Feb 8, 2003, Baa wrote:

This Snowdrop is thought to be a form that occurs in the wild and has been grown for many centuries. It has also won a RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Has lance shaped, greyish blue green leaves. Bears pure white double flowers with the characteristic green V on the inner petals (yes all of them!). Has a faint scent but if it's cold you may have to breathe on them to smell them.

Flowers mainly January and February.

Loves a moist, well-drained, leafy soil in light shade. They dislike drying out even when dormant.

The double is a sterile form so won't produce seeds. It does multiply well and the bulbs can be divided and replanted when dormant. There is a school of thought that says they should be bought and moved 'in the green' (having some leaves on them). However, if you are buying them 'in the green' from a nursery, try to ascetain if they are propagated at that nursery, if they are moved too often they won't make it!

Handling the bulbs can irritate your skin, also eating them isn't recommended, they can cause a severe stomach ache if eaten.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Garberville, California
Atlanta, Georgia
Logansport, Indiana
Holden, Louisiana
Ithaca, New York
Haviland, Ohio
Newark, Ohio
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Houston, Texas
Kalama, Washington

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