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Sweet white flowers naturalize easily in lawns or garden beds. This early bloomer is known for poking through the snow as early as February.

Latin Name

Galanthus nivalis



Also Known As

Dingle-dangles Candlemas Bells Snow Piercer

Type of Plant

Bulbs Bulbs

Bloom Season

February - March


Winter Winter
Spring Spring


Max height Max Height: 0.75'
Max spread Max Spread: 0.5'


  • Flower Border
  • Naturalize

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun Full Sun
    Part Shade Part Shade


  • Black Walnut
  • Deer
  • Clay Soil

  • Toxicity

    Do not ingest Do not ingest


    Native Range



    Lady Jean Skipwith planted snowdrops in her Virginia garden in 1793.

    Other Details

    Pollinator Pollinator

    Planted at Mount Vernon

    Planted at Mount Vernon Upper Garden Bowling Green

  • Upper Garden
  • Bowling Green

  • Hardiness Zones

    3a 3b 4a 4b 5a 5b 6a 6b 7a 7b USDA basemap

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005

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