Galanthus Species, Elwes's Snowdrop, Giant Snowdrop, Greater Snowdrop

Galanthus elwesii

Family: Amaryllidaceae (am-uh-ril-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Galanthus (guh-LAN-thus) (Info)
Species: elwesii (el-WEZ-ee-eye) (Info)
Synonym:Galanthus nivalis subsp. elwesii
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Water Requirements:

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Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Provides Winter Interest

Foliage Color:

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)


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)

Where to Grow:

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Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

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Bloom Size:

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Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

From bulbils

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds


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

Clifton, Colorado

Uxbridge, Massachusetts

Isle, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Columbia, Missouri

Portland, Oregon

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 22, 2007, hairyape68 from Columbia, MO wrote:

Columbia, MO. These were growing in our front yard when we bought the house in 1966. It increases both by seed and by division of the bulbs, as we now have small clumps in the back yard where seeds must have been carried along with raked up leaves. They usually bloom in mid-December, at least two months before common snow drops.. The leaves are much larger than those of common snow drops.


On Jan 18, 2006, ineedacupoftea from Denver, CO wrote:

As above, slightly larger and slightly earlier (but enough to be worth it) than G. nivalis. Reseeds in a garden setting, blooming after a year or two from seed. Can come up in the fall and bloom in the winter.

Endearing little plants work very well for planting in lawns. If doing this: Do not plant grass seed after planting bulbs, as bulbs will suffer from the moist/wet conditions for germinating grass seed. Plant bulbs deeply in an established and fertilized lawn, avoid pesticides.


On Oct 25, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

This species blooms slightly ahead of the Common Snowdrop. The foliage is broad, and the two leaves wrap around each other and the bloom stalk where they emerge from the ground. The foliage is glaucous, a dull gray green color. The flowers have green markings on the outside of the three inner petals both at the base and at the tips.