Flore Pleno is the double-flowered form of the common snowdrop
and look for G.
Snowdrop enthusiasts, known as galanthophiles, get very excited about different varieties, with subtle differences in green markings and petal shapes, but I'm quite content with the common snowdrop
, preferably in large drifts under grand old trees.
Soldiers are said to have added to the stock by bringing them back from the Crimea War, but it may be that the species concerned was the Crimean snowdrop, a more robust species which grows to about four times the size of our common snowdrop
nivalis, the common snowdrop
, has narrow, green leaves and dainty white and green fragrant flowers.
The common snowdrop
, galanthus, colchicum, hyacinths and ornithogalum all have toxins concentrated in bulbs, that extracted from another, sea squill, is used to make rat poison.
Galanthus nivalis, the common snowdrop
, is one of around 19 species and of course there are hundreds of cultivars that have been developed over the years.
If you want giant snowdrops, go for G Atkinsii, which grows up to 20cm (8in), twice as high as the common snowdrop
, G nivalis.
Atkinsii', which grows up to 20 cm (8in), twice as high as the common snowdrop
Galanthus nivalis,our common snowdrop
,has long been grown in our gardens and has escaped to become naturalised throughout the country.