Snowdrop - Galanthus nivalis


Low to short plant. Usually with 2 leaves. Flowers white, solitary, nodding 12 to 25 mm long, the inner tepals quite different from the outer, shorter and with a greenish marking near the notched end. Anthers green. Most Snowdrops with wide, blue-green leaves are Galanthus nivalis but there are some others which occur rarely; see this guide:

Identification difficulty

Damp woodland and copses.

When to see it

January to March.

Life History

Perennial - Isolated plants are probably casuals and garden escapes.

UK Status

Found in scattered localities throughout Britain, and often locally abundant when found.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 41 of the 617 tetrads.

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Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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