Snowdrop Galanthus × hybridus 'Robin Hood'

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
hybrid snowdrop 'Robin Hood'


The plant known commonly as 'Robin Hood' is characterized by its delightful and graceful appearance. It showcases charming, bell-shaped flowers that dangle gracefully from their stems. Each flower is pure white, often displaying a delicate and eye-catching green marking on the inner petals that adds a touch of color contrast to the otherwise monochromatic bloom. The foliage of 'Robin Hood' is a fresh green color, with slender leaves that elegantly arch away from the central stem, providing a verdant backdrop for the bright flowers. Although we're not discussing the specific dimensions, the overall form of the plant is compact and neat, making it an ideal choice for smaller spaces or as part of a larger grouping in a flower bed. The flowers emerge from individual, slender stalks, which rise above the foliage and give the impression of a whimsical gathering of miniature pendants. 'Robin Hood' blooms in the colder months, offering a burst of life and color when many other plants are dormant.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Snowdrop, Common Snowdrop, Garden Snowdrop

    • Common names

      Galanthus × hybridus 'Robin Hood'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The common name for Galanthus × hybridus 'Robin Hood' is snowdrop. Snowdrops contain alkaloid compounds, particularly galantamine, that can be toxic to humans if ingested. Symptoms of snowdrop poisoning may include gastrointestinal irritation, with possible nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. In severe cases, ingestion may lead to more serious effects such as dizziness, tremors, and cardiac dysfunctions. Contact with the skin can occasionally cause dermatitis.

    • To pets

      Snowdrop is also toxic to pets, with symptoms of poisoning similar to those in humans. If pets ingest any part of a snowdrop plant, they might experience vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. More serious symptoms can include lethargy, tremors, seizures, and potentially cardiac problems. Immediate veterinary attention is advised if a pet consumes any part of a snowdrop.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6-12 inches (15-30 cm)

    • Spread

      3-4 inches (7.5-10 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Early Blooming: Snowdrops typically flower in late winter to early spring, providing an early source of nectar for pollinators.
    • Aesthetic Appeal: Snowdrops add beauty to gardens during a time when few other plants are in bloom, with their distinctive white flowers offering a splash of color.
    • Low Maintenance: Snowdrops are known for being low-maintenance, requiring minimal care once established in the right conditions.
    • Naturalizing: Snowdrops are capable of naturalizing, spreading over time to create larger displays each year without the need for replanting.
    • Cold Tolerance: As one of the first flowers to emerge in late winter, snowdrops have a high tolerance to cold temperatures and frost.
    • Pest Resistance: Snowdrops are generally resistant to pests, making them a hassle-free addition to the garden.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, snowdrops can be relatively drought-tolerant, making them suitable for gardens with low water availability.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Relief: By blooming in late winter, snowdrops like 'Robin Hood' can provide psychological relief for individuals suffering from SAD, offering a sign of spring and hope during the dark winter months.
    • Companion Planting: Snowdrops can be planted among other bulbs which will bloom later in the season, such as lilies or daffodils, to create a succession of flowering and enhance the diversity of the garden.
    • Ecological Indicator: The presence of floriferous snowdrops can indicate a well-preserved and healthy ecosystem, as they thrive in undisturbed soil rich with organic matter.
    • Educational Tool: Due to their winter blooming habit, snowdrops can be used in educational settings to teach about plant life cycles, especially how some plants can grow in cold conditions.
    • Photography: The unique aesthetic of snowdrops makes them popular subjects for botanical photography, particularly as a representation of winter or early spring beauty.
    • Garden Design: Snowdrops can be used in horticulture to create 'white gardens' or 'moonlight gardens,' where white-flowering plants are featured to create a luminous landscape at dusk.
    • Crafts: The delicate flowers of snowdrops can be used in pressed flower crafts for bookmarkers, cards, or framed botanical art.
    • Symbolism: In a garden, snowdrops can represent themes of hope, purity, and rebirth, suitable for memorial or meditation gardens designed to evoke contemplation and remembrance.
    • Petal Palette: Artists may use snowdrop petals as a natural palette to source delicate colors for botanical illustrations or to inspire color schemes in art and design.
    • Literary Inspiration: The distinctive appearance and early bloom of snowdrops have inspired poetry, stories, and folklore, making them a muse for writers and storytellers.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Snowdrop is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Snowdrop is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Hope: As a harbinger of spring, snowdrops like Galanthus x hybridus 'Robin Hood' often symbolize hope and the arrival of better times after a long winter.
    • Purity: The white color of snowdrop flowers is traditionally associated with purity and innocence.
    • Consolation: Snowdrops can symbolize comfort and consolation, perhaps because they bloom at a time when the earth is waking from the dormancy of winter.
    • New beginnings: Emerging while snow is still on the ground, snowdrops represent new beginnings and the start of a new cycle of life.

Every 2 weeks
500 - 2500 Lux
Every 3 years
Early spring
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Snowdrops, including Galanthus × hybridus 'Robin Hood', prefer soil that is moist but not waterlogged. They should be watered moderately during their growing season, typically in late winter to early spring. Once established, snowdrops can tolerate periods of dry weather. It is best to water these plants every week if there is no significant rainfall, providing a thorough soaking so that the water reaches the roots. Ensure that each plant receives approximately 1 inch of water, equivalent to about 0.6 gallons per square yard of soil, once a week during their active growth phase. During dormant periods, usually in the late spring and summer, watering can be reduced significantly.

  • sunLight

    Snowdrops such as Galanthus × hybridus 'Robin Hood' thrive in partial shade, which mimics their natural woodland habitat. The ideal location would be under deciduous trees or shrubs that provide dappled sunlight, as full sun can be too intense, especially in warmer climates. They can tolerate full sun in cooler regions but always perform best when protected from the harsh midday sunlight.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Snowdrops, like Galanthus × hybridus 'Robin Hood', are hardy and can withstand cold winter temperatures, surviving in conditions as low as -20°F. They emerge in late winter, often while snow is still on the ground, but they prefer the cool temperatures of this season, generally ranging between 30°F and 50°F. Optimal growth occurs when the temperature is maintained within this cooler range, but they will go dormant once temperatures start to rise in the spring.

  • scissorsPruning

    Snowdrops, including Galanthus × hybridus 'Robin Hood', do not require much pruning. The main reason to prune is to remove spent flowers to prevent self-seeding, if desired. It's also a good practice to remove any yellowing leaves in late spring as they die back, to keep the planting area tidy. Pruning should be done after flowering has finished, usually in late spring when the foliage starts to yellow, indicating that the plant is entering dormancy.

  • broomCleaning

    Not needed

  • bambooSoil

    Snowdrops (Galanthus × hybridus 'Robin Hood') thrive best in a humus-rich, well-drained soil with a pH of 6.5 to 7.0. An ideal soil mix can be created by combining equal parts of loam, sand, and compost or well-rotted leaf mold to ensure both fertility and good drainage. Regularly check the soil pH and adjust with limestone if it becomes too acidic.

  • plantRepotting

    Snowdrops generally do not need frequent repotting and can be left undisturbed for several years. However, if you notice the clumps becoming overly crowded, it's best to repot or divide them after they have finished flowering in the spring.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Snowdrops prefer outdoor conditions with natural humidity levels and do not require specific humidity control. They are tolerant of a wide range of humidity levels typically found in garden settings.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in cool spot with bright, indirect light.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in partial shade, in moist, well-drained soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Galanthus × hybridus 'Robin Hood', commonly known as Robin Hood Snowdrop, begins its life cycle as a bulb, which goes dormant after the spring bloom. During late winter or early spring, it breaks dormancy, sending up shoots that develop into narrow, linear leaves and a single flower stalk. The flower stalk bears a single, nodding, white flower with a distinctive green marking on the inner petals, typically blooming when snow is still on the ground. After pollination, possibly by early-emerging insects, the flower develops into a seed capsule. Once the seeds mature, they are dispersed by ants, a process called myrmecochory, which helps spread the plant to new locations. After seeding, the plant's above-ground parts die back, and the bulb lies dormant through the summer until the next cycle begins.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Early spring

    • The Galanthus × hybridus 'Robin Hood', commonly known as the 'Robin Hood' snowdrop, is typically propagated through division, a method best carried out when the plant is dormant, usually after the leaves have yellowed and died back, which often occurs in late spring to early summer. To propagate by division, carefully lift the clump of snowdrops with a shovel or a hand trowel, loosening the soil around the bulbs gently. Once the clump is lifted, you can usually tease the bulbs apart by hand or, in some cases, use a sterile knife to separate them if they are tightly clumped together. The individual bulbs can then be directly replanted in well-prepared soil at a depth of approximately 3 inches (about 7.5 centimeters) and spaced about 3 inches apart, ensuring the pointy end of the bulb is facing upwards. Water the newly planted bulbs well to help establish them. This simple vegetative method maintains the characteristics of the 'Robin Hood' variety and encourages a healthy new growth in the following season.