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GALANTHUS nivalis 'Flore Pleno'

Image of Galanthus nivalis f. pleniflorus 'Flore Pleno'

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Botanical Name

GALANTHUS nivalis f. pleniflorus 'Flore Pleno'

Plant Common Name


General Description

A double form that has been known in gardens for at least 300 years, 'Flore Pleno' is often found naturalized both within and outside common snowdrop's native range of Spain to Ukraine. Like other common snowdrops, it is a small perennial bulb that produces a single flower in winter or early spring.

Nodding from a slender arching stem ("pedicel") atop an erect ankle-high scape, the white, honey-scented flower has numerous petal-like segments in two whorls. The three to five outer segments are spoon-shaped. They surround a rosette of 12 to 21 small, wedge-shaped inner segments, which are often malformed. The inner segments typically have notched tips with a broad green v-shaped "mustache." The flower attaches at its base to a small, green, narrowly cylindrical ovary. Two slender, leaf-like spathes flank the pedicel. The bulb multiplies rapidly to form a multi-flowered clump. The narrowly lance-shaped leaves are grayish-green. The foliage emerges before the flowers, develops to full length during and after bloom, and neatly fades away in spring. This cultivar is the parent of almost all other named double-flowered snowdrops.

Common snowdrops couldn’t be easier or more rewarding to grow. Plant the bulbs in fall at a depth of two to three times their height in moist, well-drained soil with plenty of humus. They are best under deciduous trees where they receive full sun while in bloom but partial shade later on. They require at least 2 months of chill in winter to grow and flower well. Do not disturb the bulbs, but rather allow them to form large clumps. Double forms are mostly sterile, producing no fertile seed. Plant snowdrops in masses in lawns, under deciduous trees and shrubs, or in rock gardens, mixed borders, or containers. The fragrant flowers are lovely when cut and displayed in bud vases. All parts of this plant contain compounds that make them unpalatable to herbivores.


  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    3"-5" / 7.6cm - 12.7cm

  • Width

    2"-4" / 5.1cm - 10.2cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Winter, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Europe, Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, Turkey

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate


  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit


  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest


  • Flower Color

    White, Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Blue Green

  • Fragrant Flowers


  • Fragrant Fruit


  • Fragrant Foliage


  • Bark or Stem Fragrant


  • Flower Petal Number


  • Repeat Bloomer


  • Showy Fruit


  • Edible Fruit


  • Showy Foliage


  • Foliage Texture


  • Foliage Sheen


  • Evergreen


  • Showy Bark


Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Cutflower, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns


  • Invasive


  • Self-Sowing