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Galanthus plicatus (Pleated snowdrop)

January 4, 2018
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Latin name: Galanthus plicatus

Family: Amaryllidaceae

Origin: Eastern Europe


The pleated snowdrop is a bulbous perennial which grows up to 20 cm tall.

Leaves are dark green, glaucous, sometimes with a silver channel. They are identified by the plication (folding back) of the leaves in youth. This creates a ‘pleated’ effect once the leaves mature.

Solitary white flowers bloom from the late winter months.

How to grow

Grow in moist, humus-rich soil that does not become too warm in summer. It is best transplanted when fully dormant or entering dormancy.