Galanthus is commonly
known as “snowdrop”. The name Galanthus
comes from the Greek gala (milk) and anthos
A snowdrop plant looks like three
drops of milk hanging from a stem. There are 75
different species and varieties of snowdrops all of
which are white.
The snowdrop has been with us for
a while. The common name snowdrop first appeared in
print in the 1633.
Galanthus grows to a
height of around 3-6 inches. Of particular appeal,
it flowers between January and April in the northern
temperate zone (January–May in the wild).
Galanthus is suitable for zones 2 - 9, although
they do best in zones 4 – 7.
Galanthus is suitable for rock gardens, under
trees and shrubs, at the fronts of borders or in
front of flowering shrubs, in lawns, or along
woodland paths. It prefers moist, humus-rich soils,
partial shade, and cooler climates.