Snowdrop Galanthus reginae-olgae subsp. reginae-olgae 'Hyde Lodge'

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
Queen Olga's Snowdrop 'Hyde Lodge'


Galanthus reginae-olgae subsp. reginae-olgae 'Hyde Lodge', commonly known as snowdrop, is adorned with delicate bell-shaped white flowers that dangle gracefully from their stalks. Each flower is distinguished by its unique green markings on the inner petals, adding to the intricate beauty of the bloom. The outer petals, usually pristine white, form an elegant skirt that curves outward, while the inner petals, shorter in length, nestle within them. This creates a striking contrast between the pure white outer petals and the marked inner segments. The foliage of the snowdrop is slender and blade-like, presenting a soft green hue that complements the flowers. The leaves emerge either as singles or in pairs and have a smooth texture with pronounced veins that run lengthwise. Given the seasonal nature of the snowdrop, the leaves and flowers typically appear in harmony with the cooler times of the year, which is often a signal that the colder days are soon to give way to the renewal of spring.

Plant Info
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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Queen Olga's Snowdrop, Hyde Lodge Snowdrop

    • Common names

      Galanthus reginae-olgae subsp. reginae-olgae 'Hyde Lodge'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The most common name for Galanthus reginae-olgae subsp. reginae-olgae 'Hyde Lodge' is snowdrop. Snowdrops contain alkaloids such as galantamine, which can be toxic if ingested in large quantities. Symptoms of snowdrop poisoning in humans can include gastrointestinal upset like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, along with more severe effects like dizziness, and in extreme cases, it can lead to irregular heartbeats and neurological problems.

    • To pets

      For pets, the snowdrop is similarly toxic. If a pet ingests any part of the plant, it may experience symptoms similar to those in humans, such as gastrointestinal upset with vomiting and diarrhea, as well as lethargy and potential cardiac issues. It is important to prevent pets from eating snowdrops and to seek veterinary care if ingestion occurs.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      4-6 inches (10-15 cm)

    • Spread

      3-4 inches (7.5-10 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Early flowering: Provides a display of flowers during late autumn when few other plants are in bloom.
    • Aesthetic appeal: Adds visual interest to gardens with its delicate white flowers and green foliage.
    • Pollinator attraction: Offers a nectar source for bees and other pollinators during a season when food sources are scarce.
    • Low maintenance: Requires minimal care once established, making it suitable for busy gardeners or those seeking low-maintenance landscaping.
    • Cold tolerance: Hardy in cold climates, allowing it to thrive and bloom even in chilly autumn weather.
    • Naturalizing: Capable of spreading and naturalizing in suitable conditions, gradually forming larger clumps over time.
    • Compact size: Its small stature makes it ideal for rock gardens, front-of-border locations, or underplanting beneath deciduous trees and shrubs.

  • 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

    • Garden photography subject: The snowdrop 'Hyde Lodge' can be a captivating subject for photographers specializing in garden and plant photography due to its delicate and unique appearance.
    • Winter garden design: These plants can be used by landscape designers to create interest in winter gardens when few other plants are flowering.
    • Symbol in art: Frequently used as a symbol of purity and the return of spring, snowdrops can inspire artists and be a recurrent motif in paintings, illustrations, and textile designs.
    • Floral arrangements: Although not commonly used due to their small size, snowdrops like 'Hyde Lodge' can be included in petite, delicate floral arrangements for special occasions.
    • Educational tool: Botany teachers use snowdrops to teach students about bulbous plant species and early flowering mechanisms.
    • Conservation: They can be part of conservation efforts to maintain genetic diversity among garden plants and can be a subject of botanical studies.
    • Eco-friendly gardening: Snowdrops can be used in naturalistic plantings to support the ecosystem by providing early nectar for pollinators like bees.
    • Weather prediction folklore: Some gardeners regard the snowdrop’s blooming as an indicator of the remaining length of winter, perpetuating traditional folklore.
    • Craft inspiration: Their distinct shape and form can serve as an inspiration for crafts, such as creating botanical prints, embroidery patterns, or jewelry designs.
    • Specialty nurseries: They provide an exotic addition to nurseries specializing in rare or unusual bulbs, catering to plant collectors and enthusiasts.

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

    • Purity: The pristine white flowers of Galanthus, commonly known as snowdrops, symbolize purity and innocence.
    • Hope: Snowdrops are often the first flowers to bloom at the end of winter, representing hope and the arrival of spring.
    • Consolation or Comfort: Snowdrops are also associated with comforting and consoling those in distress, as they bring the promise of better times ahead.
    • New Beginnings: As harbingers of spring, snowdrops symbolize new beginnings and the fresh start that comes with a new cycle of growth.
    • Sympathy: Because of their early bloom, often when snow is still on the ground, snowdrops also represent sympathy and empathetic understanding.

Every two weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every year
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    The Snowdrop 'Hyde Lodge' should be watered moderately, ensuring the soil is moist but not waterlogged. During its growth season in late autumn to early spring, water every few days, providing about 1 inch of water per week. The exact frequency will depend on soil drainage and weather conditions; water less during rainy spells and more during dry periods. It's important not to overwater, as Snowdrops are prone to rot if left in soggy soil. When dormant, in late spring and summer, watering can be reduced significantly, and the plant may only need water if there is an extended dry spell.

  • sunLight

    Snowdrop 'Hyde Lodge' prefers partial shade to full sun conditions, thriving best when provided with morning sunlight and afternoon shade. The ideal spot for this plant would be under deciduous trees, where they can receive dappled sunlight, as too much intense sun can damage the foliage. Ensure that the light is consistent, avoiding areas with strong, direct afternoon sunlight, especially in warmer climates.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Snowdrop 'Hyde Lodge' can tolerate a range of temperatures and is cold-hardy, capable of surviving winter lows to around -20°F. The ideal growing temperatures are between 35°F and 65°F. These plants bloom in cooler conditions and may struggle or go dormant if temperatures consistently exceed 65°F during their growth period.

  • scissorsPruning

    Snowdrop 'Hyde Lodge' requires minimal pruning, primarily to remove dead or yellowing foliage after blooming, typically in late spring. Pruning encourages healthy growth for the next season and maintains the plant's appearance. Cut the leaves at the base but only after they have completely yellowed, as the foliage is needed to replenish the bulbs for the next year's growth.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Snowdrop 'Hyde Lodge' prefers well-drained soil rich in organic matter with a neutral to slightly alkaline pH. A mix of loamy soil, compost, and perlite is ideal to ensure good drainage and nutrient availability.

  • plantRepotting

    Snowdrops like 'Hyde Lodge' generally do not need frequent repotting and can be left undisturbed for several years. Repot only when the clumps become overcrowded, usually every 3 to 5 years.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Snowdrops such as 'Hyde Lodge' are tolerant of a wide range of humidity levels and do not require any special humidity conditions to thrive, making them adaptable to most ambient outdoor environments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light with cool temperatures.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in dappled shade, mulch well, water regularly.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The Snowdrop 'Hyde Lodge' begins its life cycle when the seed germinates in late spring, after the temperatures rise and the soil has moistened. As a bulbous perennial, it establishes a bulb that lies dormant through the summer months. In early autumn, the bulb sends up green foliage and a flower stalk which blooms into a delicate, nodding white flower typically between October and November. After flowering, the plant goes through photosynthesis and stores energy in its bulb while the foliage is still green. Once the flowering is over and the foliage dies back, the plant returns to dormancy, surviving the winter underground. The cycle then repeats the following autumn, with the bulb potentially dividing to produce offsets that will grow into new plants.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • The most popular method of propagation for Galanthus reginae-olgae subsp. reginae-olgae 'Hyde Lodge', commonly known as the autumn snowdrop, is by dividing its bulb clusters. This is typically done when the plant is dormant, generally in late spring to early summer, after the foliage has died back. To propagate, carefully dig up the bulbs and gently separate them, making sure that each division has at least one growing point. Plant the bulbs immediately at a depth of about 3 inches (7.62 centimeters) and space them around 3 to 4 inches (7.62 to 10.16 centimeters) apart, in well-drained soil with some shade. Water the newly planted bulbs well to help them establish. This method maintains the genetic fidelity of the plant, ensuring that the offspring are true to the parent's characteristics.