March 13, 2012 | Mike Holloway, Horticulturist

Check It Out! Galanthus elwesii is blooming, a sure sign that Spring is just around the corner. As you are strolling through Denver Botanic Gardens, keep an eye out for these beautiful, delicate looking little nodding white flowers, poking their heads up through the snow. Perhaps this is where they get their common name, 'Snowdrops.' Their botanical name, Galanthus, comes from the Greek words gala for milk, and anthos for flower.

Galanthus are carefree little bulbs with little to no diseases or pests to bother them. Animals, such as squirrels and rodents, avoid them because of their toxicity. Handle them with care because they have been known to cause some skin irritation in some people.

Geographic Origin: Eastern Europe
Hardiness: USDA Zones: 3-9

Until next time, Happy Gardening!


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