Galanthus plicatus (Pleated Snowdrop)

Scientific Name

Galanthus plicatus M.Bieb.

Common Names

Pleated Snowdrop, Crimean Snowdrop


Chianthemum plicatum, Galanthus clusii, Galanthus nivalis subsp. plicatus, Galanthus nivalis var. plicatus

Scientific Classification

Family: Amaryllidaceae
Subfamily: Amaryllidoideae
Tribe: Galantheae
Genus: Galanthus


Color: White
Bloom Time: Spring


Galanthus plicatus is a bulbous perennial plant that grows up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall. Its leaves are bluish or grayish-green and up to 0.8 inches (2 cm) wide. The leaf edges are folded back away from the leaf's upper surface, both in bud and after they expand. The nodding white flowers appear in spring and have six white tepals. The outer three are all white, and up to 1.2 inches (3 cm) long, and the inner three are shorter and notched, with a green mark above the notch, often extending to beyond the middle of the tepal.

Galanthus plicatus (Pleated Snowdrop)
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USDA hardiness zone 5a to 8b: from −20 °F (−28.9 °C) to 20 °F (−6.7 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Snowdrops need some sunlight to bloom, but too much sun will 'melt' them – cause them to wither away. Before it has leafed out in the early spring, the dappled shade of a deciduous tree is perfect.

Purchased Snowdrops are planted in the fall, but if a friend lifts some for you in the spring, before the leaves have started to decline, they should take fine, too. Either way, plant them immediately. After flowering in the spring, let the foliage die back naturally. Snowdrops don't linger long, like daffodils or tulips. They'll disappear before you know it. Mark the area so you don't accidentally dig the bulbs when planting something else later in the season. In dry seasons, water periodically throughout the summer. For the most part, Snowdrops will take care of themselves. Large, established clumps may eventually have less blooms. At that point, you should consider digging them and dividing the clumps. Do this after flowering. The bulbs are small but plump and will break apart easily. Replant immediately.

It is possible to grow your Snowdrops in containers. You can squeeze them in quite close, but they'll still need to be at least 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.5 cm) deep. In USDA Zones 5 – 6, your containers may need some winter protection. See more at How to Grow and Care for Snowdrops.


It is native from Romania, Ukraine, and Crimea in eastern Europe to north Turkey and the north-west Caucasus in Asia.


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