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GALANTHUS nivalis 'Viridapice'

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Botanical Name

GALANTHUS nivalis 'Viridapice'

Plant Common Name


General Description

Blooming very early in the year, common snowdrop is a small bulbous perennial found from the Iberian Peninsula to Ukraine. The heirloom cultivar 'Viridapice' is noted for its green-marked outer "petals." It was introduced in 1922.

Nodding from a slender arching stem ("pedicel") atop a relatively tall, shin-high scape, the white, solitary, honey-scented flower has six petal-like segments in two whorls. In cold weather the flower closes, indeed resembling a drop of snow. This snowdrop, however, is daubed with green at the apex of each of its three spoon-shaped outer segments. As the air warms the outer segments draw back to reveal the three much smaller inner segments, which form a tube-like structure. The inner segments have notched tips with a broad green v-shaped "mustache." The flower attaches at its base to a small, green, thimble-shaped ovary. Two relatively long, slender, leaf-like spathes flank the pedicel. The bulb multiplies to produce 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.

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. They also spread through self-sowing. 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

    A2, A3, 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

    6"-7" / 15.2cm - 17.8cm

  • 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

  • Flower Color Modifier


  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Gray 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, Lawns and Turf, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns


  • Invasive


  • Self-Sowing