Galanthus nivalis

Common Names: Common snowdrop
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Amaryllidaceae family

Grows to around 7 to 15 cm tall. They are perennial, herbaceous plants which grow from bulbs. Each bulb generally produces two linear, or very narrowly lanceolate, greyish-green leaves and an erect, leafless scape (flowering stalk), which bears at the top a pair of bract-like spathe valves joined by a papery membrane. From between them emerges a solitary, pendulous, bell-shaped white flower, held on a slender pedicel. The flower consists of six tepals, also referred to as segments. The outer three are larger and more convex than the inner ones. The inner flower segments are usually marked on their outer surface with a green or greenish-yellow V- or U-shaped mark (sometimes described as "bridge-shaped") over the small sinus (notch) at the tip of each tepal. The inner surface has a faint green mark covering all or most of it. Occasionally plants are found with green markings on the outer surface of the outer tepals. The plant has been cultivated so there is some potential variance in flower shape and color.

Commonly grown in gardens and landscaping as well as wild in the woods. Blooms early spring.

Edible Notes: Likely poisonous.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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