GREATER SNOWDROP

Galanthus elwesii

Onion & Garlic Family [Alliaceae]
Formerly in: Lily Family [Liliaceae]

month8jan month8feb month8mar month8march

status
statusZneophyte
 
flower
flower8white
 
inner
inner8green
 
morph
morph8actino
 
petals
petalsZ3 petalsZ6 petalsZ3+3
(3 + 3)
stem
stem8round
 
toxicity
toxicityZlowish
 
sex
sexZbisexual
 

12th Feb 2015, cemetery, Graffham, West Sussex Photo: © Dawn Nelson
The flower stems extend to 25cm.


12th Feb 2015, cemetery, Graffham, West Sussex Photo: © Dawn Nelson
The leaves are between 5 and 30 cm long and 0.6 to 3cm wide when it is in flower.


12th Feb 2015, cemetery, Graffham, West Sussex Photo: © Dawn Nelson
The flowers are single on a glaucous stem which opens near the end and curls over. The flower stalk is green (not glaucous) and much thinner than the glaucous stem from which it droops vertically. The flowers on Greater Snowdrop are noticeably larger than the other species of Snowdrops.


12th Feb 2015, cemetery, Graffham, West Sussex Photo: © Dawn Nelson
The leaves are in-rolled and slightly hooded at the end.


12th Feb 2015, cemetery, Graffham, West Sussex Photo: © Dawn Nelson
The leaves are glaucous-green all over and oblanceolate in shape.


12th Feb 2015, cemetery, Graffham, West Sussex Photo: © Dawn Nelson
The flower has three outer white tepals and three narrower inner tepals which have the bright green markings as shown above on the inside and on the outside. The 3 outer tepals are 15 to 30mm long whilst the 3 inner tepals are shorter at 8 to 13mm long.






Galanthus elwesii var. monostichus

18th feb 2013, Elsted, West Sussex. Photo: © Dawn Nelson
There is no information on the variety 'monostichus' in Clive Staces' book, so the readers will just have to judge for themselves by looking at the following two photos.


18th feb 2013, Elsted, West Sussex. Photo: © Dawn Nelson
Perhaps it is the fact that the flowering stems seem more upright and less like a fishing rod reaching over to the far side of the canal?


Easily confused with : many other Snowdrops but this one has larger flowers, larger than Common Snowdrop. See especially Caucasian Snowdrop and the notes at the end beyond all the photos.

This is a garden form of Snowdrop, one larger than other garden forms. Its is commonly found in gardens but also escapes and naturalises in the wild such as woods, beside streams and damp grassland.

Not to be semantically confused with : Summer Snowflake (Leucojum aestivum), Snow-white Wood-Rush (Luzula nivea), Snow Pearlwort (Sagina nivalis), Glory-of-the-Snow (Scilla forbesii) or Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus) [plants with similar names mostly belonging to differing families or genera]


  Galanthus elwesii  ⇐ Global Aspect ⇒ Alliaceae  

Distribution
 family8Onion & Garlic family8Alliaceae
 BSBI maps
genus8Galanthus
Galanthus
(Snowdrops)

GREATER SNOWDROP

Galanthus elwesii

Onion & Garlic Family [Alliaceae]