Snowdrops- an early spring bloomer

Snowdrop flowers start to appear just as the snow retreats in early spring.

Lennox and Addington Horticultural Society and Garden Club

Snowdrops are one of the first garden flowers to make their appearance every year.

As soon as the snow begins to melt, you will see their thin green leaves and little white blooms peeking out of the ground. Do they appear magically? No – you have to plant the tiny bulbs in the fall to have their wonderful spring blossoms. Or, if you’re lucky, maybe you inherited a flower bed tended by a previous resident who was a gardener.

Snowdrops are also known by their Latin name of Galanthus nivalis. Galanthus tells you the family that these plants belong to and nivalis describes the plant. They are a hardy perennial bulb that grows well in Zones 3 to 7. Most of the southern part of Lennox and Addington County falls within Zone 5 with a small area of Zone 6 near the Lake Ontario shoreline. One of the earliest spring blooms, snowdrops grow from three to six inches tall in well-drained soil. Their blooms last well, as long as the weather stays cool. They are also good companions with other early spring bloomers like crocus.

The only downside to snowdrops is that they can be toxic to humans, dogs and cats. Don’t eat them! The Lennox and Addington Horticultural Society and Garden Club meets throughout the year.

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