Known as- Snowdrop
Grow Zone - 3 to 7
Smith Scl. hardy? No
ht.- 0.5 to 0.75 ft.
Span- 0.25 to 0.5 ft.
Shade/Light- Full sun to part shade
Moisture- Medium dampure
Hi/Lo Maint- Low
Easily grown in average, moderate wet, well-drained soils in full sun
to part shade. Prefers damp, humusy soils in part shade. Grows particularly
well under deciduous trees where exposure to the sun is full in early
spring but gradually changes to part shade as the trees leaf out. Also
prefers cool climates, and is somewhat short lived when grown south of
USDA Zone 7. Plant bulbs 2-3” deep and space 2-3” apart in
fall. In optimum growing conditions, it naturalizes well by both self-seeding
and bulb offsets. Allow foliage to yellow before removing it from garden
areas. If left alone, foliage disappears by late spring as bulbs go dormant.
Snowdrop is a true harbinger of spring. It usually blooms in February
in the St. Louis area and will often poke its head up through snow cover
if present. The common name refers to the supposed resemblance of the
flowers to drops of snow. Each bulb produces 2-3 narrow (to 1/4”
wide), linear, basal leaves (to 4” at flowering) and a leafless
flower scape (to 6” tall) which is topped with a single, nodding,
white, waxy, bell-shaped flower (1” long).
No serious insect or disease problems.
Best massed in sweeping drifts in areas where they can naturalize, such
as woodland margins or in lawns under large deciduous trees. Also effective
in groupings in rock gardens, border fronts, in front of flowering shrubs
or along walks or paths. Mix with other early flowering bulbs such as
Eranthis (winter aconite).