Galanthus woronowii Losinsk.
Green Snowdrop, Woronow's Snowdrop
Bloom Time: Early spring
Galanthus woronowii is a compact bulbous perennial with bright green strap-shaped leaves and nodding white flowers with green markings on the inner segments. It grows up to 6 inches (15 cm) tall. Flowers appear in early spring. Seed capsules are green, more or less spherical, with brown seeds about 0.2 inches (5 mm) long.
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. So 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 fewer 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 will still need to be at least 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.5 cm) deep. In USDA Zones 5 to 6, your containers may need some winter protection.
See more at How to Grow and Care for Snowdrops.
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