Common Name: Snowdrop
Scientific Name: Galanthus nivalis
You know spring is fast approaching when the snowdrops begin to bloom. Snowdrops typically begin to bloom in the month of March and are often the first to flower in the landscape. Their early blooms help provide a food source for insects beginning to emerge from winter’s slumber. This genus of plants contains about 20 different species and are known for their white, pendulous flowers. Native to a large swath of Europe, snowdrops(Galanthus nivalis) have readily naturalized in the United States.
A popular plant among collectors, the snowdrop has been bred and selected, with over 1,000+ cultivars in circulation. Minute differences in green markings on the inner petals can help differentiate between species and cultivars. Some snowdrop enthusiasts get so excited about these tiny green markings, that they have earned themselves the nickname of Galanthophile. This galanthomania has even led to the selling of a single snowdrop bulb for over $2,400 back in 2015. One of the more popular and affordable cultivars, ‘Flore Pleno,’ can be found in our Woodland Azalea Garden.
Stop by the Hosta Glade or use our Plant Finder to discover the other locations of snowdrops during your visit to the Arboretum!