Galanthus ikariae

snowdrop

Outstanding Qualities

This delightful harbinger of spring has brilliant, pure white flowers with a large green mark on the inner petals. It is a February bloomer with a charming low habit: Its arching, grass-green leaves frame the flowers perfectly. Native to the Aegean Islands off the coast of Greece, this bulb adapts easily to average garden conditions. Plant it in drifts for the greatest effect.Plant snowdrops under deciduous trees and shrubs, mixed with Crocus tommasinianus, Cyclamen coum, and Blechnum penna-marina.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: black, chartreuse, burgundy, blue

Great Color Partners: dark green, silver, variegated

Culture Notes

Plant this snowdrop in a site that receives full sun or light to open shade in late winter and early spring. It likes a rich well-drained soil in an area that gets occasional watering during the summer. Unlike many bulbs, they do not like to dry out in the summer. It is best to plant bulbs while they are dormant, large clumps should be divided immediately after flowering before the foliage dies back for the summer.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: bulb

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 0 ft. 7 in. (0.18 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 0 ft. 2 in. (0.06 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 3 to 9

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun or light to open shade

Water Requirements: occasional watering during the summer