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Galanthus nivalis

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On Display
Freer Gallery
Accession Number
2021-0802A
Description
One of the most popular bulb-growing plants, snowdrops are small, graceful plants which are often seen as harbingers of spring. They bloom in the late winter to early spring, sometimes before the snow has even melted.
Hardiness
-40 - 10 F
Bloom Time
February
Medicinal / Pharmaceutical
Various chemicals from this plant are being studied for everything from treating Alzheimer's disease to increasing pest resistance in other plants.
Pollination Syndrome
Bees
Provenance
From a cultivated plant not of known wild origin
Topic
Display Gardens
Living Collections
Range
Pyrenees to Ukraine
Habitat
Forests, shrubland, grassland; 0-7590ft (0-2314m)
Life Form
Geophytic (bulb, corm or tuber)
Bloom Characteristics
Bell-shaped, white flowers have 6 tepals, the inner 3 with green tips. Less than 1" (2.5 cm) long.
Foliage Characteristics
Each bulb produces 2-3, thin, grass-like green leaves.
Fragrance
Slight
Plant Size
6-9" tall x 3-6" wide (15.2-22.9 cm x 7.6-15.2 cm)
Data Source
Smithsonian Gardens
Common Name
Snowdrop
Group
[vascular plants]
Class
Equisetopsida
Subclass
Magnoliidae
Superorder
Lilianae
Order
Asparagales
Family
Amaryllidaceae
Genus
Galanthus
Species
nivalis
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ax7ad463067-1586-4c9e-9aa0-36e1d37f8de1
Record ID
ofeo-sg_2021-0802A
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