Galanthus, Double Common Snowdrop 'Flore Pleno'

Galanthus nivalis

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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Alpines and Rock Gardens


Water Requirements:

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Chartreuse (yellow-green)

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Winter

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Unknown - Tell us

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


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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!


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 s... read more