Snowdrops (Galanthus) are the harbingers of spring. When they appear, spring is not far behind. No offense, Punxsutawney Phil, but this little flower has you beat for accuracy. And it’s not afraid to come out in the snow either – shadow or no shadow! You’ll likely see Snowdrops in your own yard soon – popping right up through the snow.
All species of Galanthus are perennial and grow from bulbs. Snowdrops feature two leaves and pendulous bell-shaped white flowers with yellowish-green/white tepals. “It is native to Europe and southwestern Asia. Its common name is a reference to the time of year when the plant blooms—late winter to early spring—when snow can be present.
Snowdrop grows best in full sun to part shade in clay or loam soil with high organic matter. The site needs good drainage although snowdrop will tolerate a site that is occasionally wet. Propagate snowdrop by division or stem cutting. In order to germinate, snowdrop seeds need to experience a cold spell, below 20 degrees F; therefore, the plant may have a shorter lifespan in warmer climates.
Snowdrop easily spreads by self-seeding and bulb offsets to form new clumps, so plant it in a naturalized area or in a woodland garden under deciduous trees or shrubs where it has room to roam. It is also at home in a rock garden, a winter garden, and a pollinator garden where it will feed bees.” – NC State Extension