The recently published (2001) Monograph entitled ‘Snowdrops’ recognizes 19 species, here are a few of them.
For well over a century G.elwesii has been collected in Turkey & brought into the bulb trade. This makes it second only to G. nivalis in abundance. The majority of these imports have failed leaving but a few. Much variation is found, this is evident by all of the named forms which have appeared. Excessive over naming of the ‘giants’ within this group has happened – some are worthy. It was previously reffered to as G. caucasicus.
This is an easily recognized plant – usually it is large, has broad glaucous ( silver/grey ) leaves and bold markings. The inner mark can be extremely variable -completely green, a cross, a heart or just a bottom ( apical ) mark. It is interesting to examine a patch of G. elwesii to spot the variability of inner markings.Green tips are often present, but what matters is the constancy of these features. G. elwesii is one of the most beautiful of Snowdrops.
Beautiful silver leaves with large, plump flowers. A selection from various forms which are grown here. £4.00
GALANTHUS ELWESII ‘BARNES’
Comes very early at the start of Snowdrops, grows strongly. It helps us to think of all that’s to follow. £12.00
GALANTHUS ELWESII ‘COMET’
One of the most superb members of this group, shapely large flowers hang from a long, arching pedicel. Found by Mr. Morley in the 1990’s £12.00
GALANTHUS ELWESII ‘FIELDGATE PRELUDE’
A really lovely Snowdrop raised by Colin Mason, its early appearance & bottle green markings make it a must for collectors. Limited numbers. £30.00
GALANTHUS ELWESII ‘GODFREY OWEN’
Considered by many to be one of the best Snowdrop discoveries of recent years. It is a unique ‘elwesii’ with it’s 6 inner petals & 6 outer petals, the symmetry of the flowers gives it a great beauty. A much admired & sought after bulb We have a few available this season. £30.00
GALANTHUS ELWESII ‘HIEMALIS’
An early variety which grows very well, its form is not as striking as some
G. elwesii, but to have a clump of Snowdrops blooming in November is always welcome’. £5.00
GALANTHUS ELWESII ‘KITE’A large form which flowers towards the end of the season. Unusual in that some years the flower formation can be quite different - from one stem two pedicels arise each with a flower, but as with many of these Snowdrop peculiarities why it happens is not really understood. £10.00
GALANTHUS ELWESII ‘MAIDWELL L’
A selection named by Mr. Oliver Wyatt who gardened in Northamptonshire, a good tall form with a strong ‘x’ mark, which has been widely grown. £6.00
GALANTHUS ELWESII ‘MARY BIDDULPH’
One of the many very nice clones considered worth naming, a large flower beneath a distinctly crooked spathe. Flowering at the start of the season. £7.00
GALANTHUS ELWESII ‘MRS. MACNAMARA’
Another fine cultivar, firstly as it welcomes in the New Year, but even if it flowered in the main season its attractions would be eye catching. It is tall with more narrow foliage and has long slender outer segments which appear quite thick, it is robust. A Snowdrop with a history of intriguing previous names –
G.‘Dylan Thomas’s Mothers Snowdrop’ and G. ‘Milkwood’. £12.00
GALANTHUS ELWESII ‘SIBBERTOFT MAGNET’
A graceful form of this form of Snowdrop, pendant flowers attribute to its attractive habit. This Northamptonshire garden has been a good source of Snowdrops & several were selected & continue to be admired. £6.00
GALANTHUS 'NATALIE GARTON'
A strong growing, semi double form with lovely rounded flowers. £12.00
GALANTHUS ELWESII WHITALLII
A splendid form extremely large rounded flowers emerging from massive bulbs, has been widely admired our Snowdrop Exhibits down the years. £12.00
A small Snowdrop with a typical twist of its foliage as it grows through the soil. Distinct & will usually begin to seed if left to its own devices. £6.00
Has dark, mat green leaves. The inner petal marking can be quite broad. It is not a tall plant, but produces its flowers right at the end of the Snowdrop season and it is distinctive. £8.00
The plant we recognize as the Common Snowdrop can be traced back in print to the 16 th. Century. Its natural distribution is Western, Central and Southern Europe. Variation and mutation has occurred, but it is surprisingly limited within the Northern European plants, so this small, grey- green leaved specie all look very uniform to many eyes. Naturallised G. nivalis often form large colonises and will spread very quickly by offsetting bulbs and sometimes by setting seed. They predominate in deciduous woodland and often frequent damp places, often growing in North facing aspects and often on calcareous soils. The following section refers to recognized named forms of G. nivalis and at the end of this part will be found prices for Common Single and Double Snowdrops available in multiples of ten.
GALANTHUS NIVALIS ‘ANGELIQUE’
A pristine, near all white Snowdrop noticed & named by Mark Brown amidst a colony of less interesting G. nivalis. It is of French origin. Such Snowdrops are named Poculiform & have all white flowers ( or just smudges of green ) with both sets of petals of equal length. A curious & delightful vaguery in Snowdrops. A few for sale.
GALANTHUS NIVALIS ‘BLEWBURY TART’
A more recent find from a village in Oxfordshire. The inner segments are green and are turned upright. One of the more odd than elegant Snowdrops which always attracts comment. £7.00
GALANTHUS NIVALIS ‘BLONDE INGE’
This G. nivalis has yellow inner markings while the ovary remains green, it is a neat & pretty Snowdrop. We have a small number again this year. £15.00
GALANTHUS NIVALIS ‘FLOCON DE NEIGE’
A rare and unusual flower formation within the Snowdrop group. The 6 outer petals conceal a compact inner segment,
it has a purity and neatness which set it apart, but it is expensive and of limited availability. A later flowering Snowdrop. £40.00
GALANTHUS NIVALIS ‘HAMBUTTS ORCHARD’
One of several double forms, bearing a green mark on the outer segment. This one is from a garden in Stroud, Gloucestershire and is strong growing. £3.00
GALANTHUS NIVALIS ‘ LADY ELPHINSTONE’
Can be a most beautiful and distinct double Snowdrop, due to its warm apricot colouration. However, some years it temporarily reverts to having green markings. A plant which is slow to establish, limited availability. £8.00
GALANTHUS NIVALIS ‘PUSEY GREEN TIP’
This green tipped double form was found near Faringdon, Oxfordshire. £3.00
GALANTHUS NIVALIS SCHARLOKII
Described by Mr.E.A. Bowles as ‘a curious freak’ because of the split spathe and green tip on the outer petals. A small, rather unusual Snowdrop. £5.00
GALANTHUS NIVALIS SANDERSII
Yellow Snowdrops were first noted in wild populations of Snowdrops in Northumberland way back in the nineteenth century. Since this time much interest and passion for this colouration has abounded. The yellow tone can be varied, but it is a beauty to behold in it’s diminutive form. £16.00
GALANTHUS NIVALIS SSP. VERNALIS
The spring flowering form is dainty and has leaves with a silver mid-rib. £4.00
GALANTHUS NIVALIS VIRIDAPICIS
This strong growing species is tall with distinctive green marks on the outer petals and has a long spathe. £3.00
GALANTHUS NIVALIS WAREII
Very similar to the previous Snowdrop, but much taller with a hoodlike spathe.
The most widely grown Snowdrop is Galanthus nivalis. It is happy in a wide range of growing conditions and after a few years it will have increased. It is a very tough bulbous plant which will persist in all but the worst conditions, surviving in most dry soils and waterlogged wet places. Snowdrops are particularly happy beneath deciduous trees. When in flower the Snowdrops enjoy winter sunshine and light. Then the tree will provide coolness and shade during the hot summer months. Clumps can be divided, when the plants are in leaf. This relieves congestion as sometimes undivided clumps will dwindle. It is not usually advisable to disturb clumps every season as it will take a couple of years for the bulbs to settle down.
The COMMON SNOWDROP will be seen growing happily in woodlands and gardens of the British Isles. It is hardy and easy to grow producing its pure white flowers at a time when little else is in flower. Once planted the Snowdrop will continue to spread, eventually creating beautiful drifts of white in late winter.
per 10 bulbs £3.00
per 50 bulbs £10.00
per 100 bulbs £15.00
per 1000 bulbs £120.00
GALANTHUS NIVALIS FLORE PLENO
The well known and widely grown DOUBLE SNOWDROP has been cultivated since the 1750’s. It can have 3 –5 outer petals, the regularity of the inner segment can vary from year to year, it grows happily in most situations.
per 10 bulbs £3.50
per 50 bulbs £15.00
per 100 bulbs £25.00
Native of Russia, Romania and North West Turkey growing in deciduous woods.
It has deep green leaves sometimes with a silver channel. The leaf edge is turned back (plicate) and it is always strong growing. This plant is good for naturalizing.
GALANTHUS PLICATUS ‘AUGUSTUS’
Short in stature it may be, but always a recognizable and rather beautiful selection. The flowers are chunky and seer- suckered and its leaves are quite broad. £6.00
GALANTHUS PLICATUS ‘COLOSSUS’
From Colesbourne Park, this form is well passed its best when most other Snowdrops are just setting out. A tall plant once settled and as with the G. plicatus family it often has two flowers ( scapes ) per bulb. £10.00
GALANTHUS PLICATUS ‘DIGGORY'
The dimpled texture & unusual flared shape all combine to create a very special Snowdrop. A most desirable Snowdrop. A few available £30.00
GALANTHUS PLICATUS 'PERCY PICTON'
This is a really superb long pedicelled Snowdrop, the flowers are usually large & held aloft on tall stems, often it has two scapes so it’s graceful form is very noticeable. Even the foliage is richly green & slightly arching – all together a good Snowdrop. £10.00
GALANTHUS PLICATUS ‘THE PEARL’
Once settled this Snowdrop is a superior plant & its name is most appropriate. Named by Frederick Stern way back in Snowdrop History. A few for sale. £10.00
GALANTHUS PLICATUS ‘TRYM’
A much admired and wanted Snowdrop ever since it first appeared in a garden near Bristol. The bell shaped flower and the green heart mark on the outer petal are all very different. Still rare and treasured. We have a few available. £30.00
GALANTHUS PLICATUS ‘TRYMER’
Always produces a nice clump quickly it is a robust Snowdrop, in flower very early.
A child of Trym which is definitely worth trying as it never fails to grow happily for us. £25.00
GALANTHUS PLICATUS ‘WENDY’S GOLD’
A fine Snowdrop, as with all yellows the colour can vary year to year and various theories about this have been given. Having been exported to Holland and mass produced, it was nearly lost to disease.Luckily a few had been keep in this country so all was not lost. Limited numbers only. £20.00
Syn. to G. latifolius, a distinctive small , neat Snowdrop with bright green foliage. Will often seed & spread once established. £3.00
RIGEL COLLECTION 2019
100 Galanthus nivalis
100 Galanthus nivalis flore pleno
This collection of Snowdrops is ideal for a natural planting. G. nivalis will start off a good drift of Snowdrops, these should spread without too much bother. G. nivalis flore pleno is the ‘double form’ of the common Snowdrop and again the clumps will increase.
This is only available via Mail Order & the price is inclusive of post & packing.
BETELGEUSE COLLECTION 2019
3 Galanthus nivalis ‘Viridapice’
3 Galanthus ‘Magnet’
3 Galanthus elwesii “Mrs. MacNamara”
With its hooded spathe & green marks on outer segment G.n. Viridapice is a lovely, strong Snowdrop, G. Magnet has a graceful,swaying flower form it will increase well & G.e. Mrs MacNamara will be in flower soon after Christmas.So here is a most desirous treat for someone special!
This is only available via Mail Order & the price is inclusive of post packing.
SINGLE FLOWERING GALANTHUS CULTIVARS
One of the four snowdrops selected by the Brigadier and Mrs. Matthias of Hyde lodge. A tall elegant plant with top and bottom inner mark. £10.00
This is the best choice for anyone wishing to grow a GIANT SNOWDROP, it has a tall & slender appearance and stands inches above its relative G. nivalis. This cultivar is one of the first to flower and can be relied upon to increase readily and soon give a super display. £2.00
price for 3 bulbs…£5.00
GALANTHUS ‘BENHALL BEAUTY’
An older cultivar from the garden of John Gray in Saxmundham, Suffolk. One of the taller Snowdrop cultivar £10.00
GALANTHUS ‘BERTRAM ANDERSON’
Fairly early flowering and one of the big rounded cultivars, It is quite spectacular when seen in a well established group. £12.00
GALANTHUS “BILL BISHOP”
A fine Snowdrop with such long outer petals, the size of the flower is remarkable. Named after a former Superintendant at Harrogate Parks Department. £10.00
Later than some to flower, found at Hyde Hall by Richard Nutt & Herbert Ransom in the early 60’s. Although small it has largish flowers with a more or less cross mark making it worth acquiring. £6.00
From Mr. James Allen’s garden in Shepton Mallet. A tall Snowdrop it’s flowers sway on a long pedicel (similar to G. ‘Magnet’,) but the ovary hangs at a 90’ angle & it is much earlier to flower. A distinctly GIANT cultivar, which will give a pleasing display at the beginning of the season. £5.00
A Snowdrop of Irish descent. The inner marking is quite broad and the ovary of a paler green and with an elongated appearance. £6.00
GALANTHUS ‘GREEN NECKLACE’
Originally found growing in a Cotswolds garden in the 70’s and considered worthy of a name. The ‘necklace’ being on the inner segment. It is a cultivar which grows happily and increases well. £6.00
A good sized Snowdrop, named by Primrose Warburg to remember The Celtic Spring Festival, it grew next to her front door at South Hayes. It is a close runner to G. ‘Mighty Atom’ & those of a similar largeness. £10.00
GALANTHUS “JOHN GRAY”
An old cultivar, heavy large flowers which appear early has a good green flush running up the inner petal. A few available. £12.00
A cultivar which is worthy of being considered ‘Superb’ - Certainly a sizeable Snowdrop, well proportioned, not found to be a ‘miffy’ grower and identifiable. The bottom mark is very flat and there is a tell tale double smudge under the ovary. £7.00
A seedling supposedly seen growing beneath a lime tree at Maidwell Hall by Mr.Oliver Wyatt. Of similar appearance to G. ‘Atkinsii’, flowers earlier. £3.00
This classic Snowdrop was raised by James Allen, its long and very fine pedicel allow the flowers to move gently in the slightest breeze. A characteristic making it identifiable at a distance. This cultivar is a good plant to start a collection.
*price for 3 bulbs…£8.00
The Arthurian legend of Merlin and the magical associations of green conjure up an entirely suitable name for another James Allen, the inner petal being entirely green. £8.00
GALANTHUS ‘MRS. THOMPSON’
Here is a plant which can exhibit some very strange flower formations, it is much admired and on many wish lists. Flowers may have one stem with two flowers from two pedicels, flowers can be fused together, flowers can have extra segments ( inner and outer ) and flowers can be just normal. All of these odd arrangements can appear in a single clump the degree of strange behavior can not be foreseen and can be quite beautiful. £12.00
GALANTHUS ‘PEG SHARPLES
A good late Snowdrop with a definite X mark to help with identification. £7.00
GALANTHUS ‘PRIMROSE WARBURG’
Mrs. Warburg’s garden South Hayes held many treasures. To have walked along its sometimes tricky terrain brings back memories of people and past times. Many people will recall her generosity and kindness, so this yellow snowdrop is a remembrance of one of the great Snowdrop Growers of recent times. £25.00
GALANHUS ‘ROBIN HOOD’
An older cultivar selected by James Allen,has a distinct ‘x’ on the inner petal and looks good in the middle of the flowering season. £10.00
GALANTHUS ‘S. ARNOTT’
This is a sturdy and beautifully proportioned Snowdrop, it can grow to 10 –12”, with a large, well-rounded flower. When seen growing en mass a better Snowdrop is hard to find and compared to G. nivalis it is certainly a GIANT. A few bulbs of this fine plant will give many years of delight. £3.00
*Price for 3 bulbs…..£8.00
A beauty of a Snowdrop, deep green mark & overall it is noticeably sturdy & good looking, coming once other snowdrops are already out Distinct perfume. £10.00
GALANTHUS ‘SHROPSHIRE QUEEN’
Always early & stands tall. We only have a few of this good cultivar for 2019.
GALANTHUS ‘SPINDLESTONE SURPRISE’
Another of the superb yellows originating in Northumberland. £25.00
A cultivar regularly producing 2 scapes (flower stalk) from a bulb. It is noticeable that the first is larger than the second. This feature and the lateness of flowering make it a worthwhile plant to have. £5.00
A perfectly named Snowdrop, the slight flowers do seem just like little striped insects hovering over the ground. Found in the 1990’s by Veronica Cross. A few of this little curiosity. £25.00
DOUBLE FLOWERED CULTIVARS
This section is mainly taken up with the series referred to as the Greatorex Doubles, but others will be listed as well. Identification of Doubles is not all that easy, within a clump mature and immature flowers will be displayed and they may well all look quite different. Therefore, allow a clump to establish and mature. Green tips on the outer petal can also be a variable feature of Greatorex Doubles, some years certain cultivars have them and some years they do not.
GALANTHUS ‘BARBARA’S DOUBLE’
Towards the end of the Snowdrop Season this dainty double with its tight ,neat inner petals will appear. Found at Sibbertoft Manor and named after Lady Stanleys daughter. £10.00
One of the Greatorex series of hybrids between G. nivalis ’Flore Pleno’ and G. plicatus, by Mr.H.A. Greatorex in Norwich. The flowers tend to be more regular than some of the series and it is slightly later flowering. £7.00
Another of the aforementioned series. Larger than the previous Snowdrop. £6.00
Again raised by H.A. Greatorex. Beautifully shaped flowers, which appear early on in the season and a plant which inceases well. £5.00
GALANTHUS ‘FARINGDON DOUBLE’
This Snowdrop will be looking good well before Christmas, it was found by The Bakers back in the 1980’s. It has proved to be a strong grower & usually bears neatly formed flowers. £10.00
A very neat double named after Mr. Blanche Hillpoe, a past secretary of The RHS, from Ireland. The flower formation is extemely intricate inside and it often has 4 or 5 outer petals. A distinct cultivar. £6.00
From the Greatorex series, its wide leaves have a silver central channel and it often has a second flower. £5.00
Tall Greatorex hybrid, its flowers are quite often very green. £6.00
GALANTHUS ‘LADY BEATRIX STANLEY’
Flowers early in the season. It was known as G. caucasicus ‘flore Pleno’, but now it is considered a hybrid. The flower shape is said to look like a molar tooth and the leaves are very erect and glaucous. A plant which increases well. £5.00
A tidy and compact double from the Greatorex Stable. £7.00
Again produced by Mr. Greatorex and has a nicely rounded shape. £5.00
GALANTHUS ‘RICHARD AYRES’
A tall and early double, its flowers are large the number of outer segments can vary from year to year. It was seen by Mr. Nutt growing in the grounds of Anglesey Abbey and has since been found to be a strong growing, very worthy Snowdrop.
From the home of the Biddulph family, near Cirencester in Gloucestershire. A tall and large G. plicatus x G.n. ‘Flore Pleno ’cultivar, being quite early and of a sturdy nature. It grows well. £8.00
GALANTHUS ‘WHITE SWAN’
Raised by Mr.Greatorex, but not named after one of Shakespeares female characters. When established the plant grows most elegantly, limited availability.
This cheerful little mauve Crocus associates well with Cyclamen and Aconites. It establishes easily from division and will set seed. It has extremely small corms, we sell a small clump of several corms. £3.00
The WINTER ACONITE, upturned shining golden flowers, which look a bit like short buttercups and emerge from the earth in January are very cheerful on a chilly winters afternoon. They can be tricky to establish so be patient and grow them in a place which is not disturbed by digging, perhaps a shady corner with other winter bulbs. Small clumps of several tubers are sold. £3.00
Winter flowering and hardy, over the years a group of Cyclamen coum will create a beautiful covering of rounded leaves and jewel-like flowers. They will grow quietly and slowly seeding without too much imput from ‘the gardener.’ Cyclamen
enjoy shady places and combined with Snowdrops and Aconites the simplicity can not be improved. Leaf forms and flower colours will be various. £3.00