Galanthus nivalis

Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis)

The Snowdrop is amongst the earliest plants to flower in spring. Produced from bulbs, the flowers are a delicate virgin white, as the colour of snow, and the heads droop downwards, hence its vernacular name. Each flower has three spreading sepals, and three much shorter notched petals with a pale green marking. The leaves are basal, and strap-shaped.

Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis)

Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis)

It flowers February to March, often pushing its way through snow-covered ground. Found in damp woodland, scrub, shaded meadows, hedge banks, parks and churchyards. Most likely an introduced species, and widely cultivated for parks and gardens. Naturalised throughout the British Isles, but rare in Scotland.

Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis)

February 2012, local wood, Staffordshire. Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38. Β© Pete Hillman 2012.

26 thoughts on “Snowdrop

  1. Use to have these when I lived in Arizona years ago. Forgot how pretty they are. Need to plant some in my yard this Spring. Thanks for sharing these.

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  2. I had them growing where we used to live and they would bloom in Feb. When it got too cold, like at night, they would bury their little heads in the mulch.

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  3. I always find snowdrops quite hard to photograph, in fact white objects are often difficult. It’s obviously to do with light, and it probably helps if you have a technical type mind which I don’t! These are lovely shots Pete.

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  4. Lovely flowers. I used to look forward to seeing the patch in the Royal Botanic Gardens near my old home. Such a delightful sight. Personally, I always found them a bit hard to photograph as I couldn’t bend down low enough to get a pleasing background.

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