Snowdrop Galanthus 'Alison Hilary'

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
snowdrop 'Alison Hilary'


Galanthus 'Alison Hilary' is commonly known as a variety of snowdrop. This plant displays a charming and delicate appearance, primarily recognized for its attractive flowers. The snowdrop typically blooms early in the year, often signaling the coming end of winter. The blooms of Galanthus 'Alison Hilary' are characterized by their distinctive shape, resembling small, drooping bells or lanterns. Each flower is composed of three outer petals that are pure white, elongated, and gently curve at the tips, creating an elegant contrast with the surrounding foliage. These outer petals encase smaller inner petals, which often feature unique green markings that may vary in pattern between different snowdrop varieties. The leaves of 'Alison Hilary' are slender and a striking green color, emerging from the base of the plant and providing a fresh backdrop to the white blossoms. The foliage typically arcs or fans out from the center, giving the plant a graceful and tidy appearance. The contrast between the green leaves and the white flowers adds to the visual appeal of this plant during its blooming period.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Snowdrop, Common Snowdrop, Alison Hilary Snowdrop

    • Common names

      Galanthus 'Alison Hilary'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The plant Galanthus 'Alison Hilary' is more commonly known as the snowdrop. Snowdrops contain alkaloids, including galantamine, which can be toxic to humans if ingested. The symptoms of poisoning may include gastrointestinal discomfort such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, as well as dizziness and abdominal pain. In severe cases, ingestion can lead to more serious neurological effects including confusion or even seizures.

    • To pets

      Snowdrops are poisonous to pets as well. If a pet ingests any part of a snowdrop plant, they might exhibit symptoms of toxicity which can include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and lethargy. Specifically for dogs and cats, consumption of significant amounts of the plant can lead to seizures and cardiac abnormalities. It is important to prevent pets from accessing areas where snowdrops are planted and to seek veterinary attention if ingestion is suspected.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6-12 inches (15-30 cm)

    • Spread

      3-6 inches (7.5-15 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Galanthus 'Alison Hilary', commonly known as Snowdrop, introduces early spring flowers when few other plants are in bloom, adding beauty and charm to gardens during a time when color is often scarce.
    • Pollinator Support: They provide a source of nectar and pollen for early-season pollinators such as bees when other food sources are not yet available.
    • Low Maintenance: Snowdrops are relatively easy to care for, requiring minimal maintenance once established in the right conditions.
    • Naturalizing: They have the ability to multiply and spread over time, creating larger displays year after year without requiring replanting.
    • Cold Tolerance: Snowdrops are hardy in cold climates, making them a suitable choice for winter gardens and providing interest during the colder months.
    • Drought Resistance: Once established, they can be quite tolerant of periods of dryness, reducing the need for frequent watering.
    • Wildlife Friendly: By providing shelter and food, they can support local wildlife ecosystems, supporting biodiversity in the garden.

  • 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

    • Symbolism in Art: The snowdrop, which 'Alison Hilary' is a cultivar of, can be used symbolically in paintings and literature to represent purity and the arrival of spring.
    • Eco-friendly Dye: The flowers and leaves of snowdrops can be used to create a green dye for textiles, though this is not a common practice.
    • Gardening Companion: Snowdrops like 'Alison Hilary' can be used in companion planting to indicate the health of the soil and the arrival of optimal planting times for other species.
    • Floral Arrangements: Snowdrops are often used in winter floral arrangements for their delicate appearance and to add a touch of early spring to indoor settings.
    • Photography: As one of the first flowers to bloom in late winter, snowdrops like 'Alison Hilary' are popular subjects for nature photographers and are associated with new beginnings.
    • Motif in Textile Design: The delicate shape of the snowdrop flower is sometimes used as an inspiration for textile patterns in both clothing and home decor.
    • Wedding Decor: Due to their symbolism and the time of year they bloom, snowdrops can be incorporated into winter wedding bouquets and decorations.
    • Garden Tours: Gardens that feature notable collections of snowdrops, including the 'Alison Hilary', often host tours to showcase these early bloomers to enthusiasts.
    • Winter Festivals: Snowdrops are sometimes celebrated in festivals that mark the end of winter and the onset of spring, emphasizing their role in the changing seasons.
    • Cultural Inspiration: Snowdrops have inspired various cultural practices and folklore, which can be celebrated or reenacted in gardens where 'Alison Hilary' is planted.

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: Galanthus, commonly known as the "snowdrop," is often one of the first flowers to bloom at the end of winter, symbolizing the hope and renewal that comes with spring.
    • Purity: The snowdrop's white color is frequently associated with purity and innocence.
    • Consolation: In some cultures, snowdrops are given as a symbol of comfort to those who have experienced loss, offering a message of sympathy.
    • Resilience: Snowdrops emerge through the snow, despite harsh conditions, representing resilience and the ability to overcome challenges.

When soil is dry
500 - 2500 Lux
Every 3-5 years
Early spring
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Snowdrops, including Galanthus 'Alison Hilary', prefer moist soil but should never be waterlogged. During active growth, usually in late winter and spring, water them thoroughly once a week with about one to two gallons per square yard, depending on the soil type and weather conditions. After they finish flowering and begin to enter dormancy during the summer, reduce watering gradually. It is important not to let the soil dry out completely while they are in leaf, but overwatering can be detrimental, leading to bulb rot. Ensure good drainage to prevent water from pooling around the bulbs.

  • sunLight

    Snowdrops like Galanthus 'Alison Hilary' thrive in partial shade, ideally under deciduous trees or shrubs where they receive dappled sunlight. They can also grow in full sun in cooler climates, but the ideal spot is where they are protected from the intense midday sun. Bright light in the early spring helps them bloom, but excessive exposure to harsh sunlight during hotter months can cause the foliage to scorch.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Snowdrops, such as Galanthus 'Alison Hilary', are hardy and can tolerate winter temperatures down to about -20 degrees Fahrenheit. They perform best when the temperature ranges between 40 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit during their growth period. Extreme temperatures above 75 degrees Fahrenheit can be harmful, especially if prolonged, leading to dormancy or potential stress on the plant.

  • scissorsPruning

    Snowdrops such as Galanthus 'Alison Hilary' typically require minimal pruning. Deadheading, the removal of spent flowers, can be done to tidy up the plants and prevent seed dispersal if self-sowing is not desired. Pruning is generally not necessary apart from this, but if leaves become yellow or brown after flowering, it's safe to trim them off. The best time for any cleanup is once the foliage has yellowed and begun to recede, indicating the plant is entering dormancy.

  • broomCleaning

    Not needed

  • bambooSoil

    Snowdrop 'Alison Hilary' thrives in moist, well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. A mixture containing garden loam, leaf mold or compost, and some perlite or grit to ensure good drainage suits it well. Aim for a soil pH between 6.5 and 7.5 for optimal growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Snowdrops like 'Alison Hilary' generally do not need frequent repotting and can be left undisturbed for several years. Repot or divide clumps only if they become overcrowded, typically every 3 to 5 years.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Snowdrop 'Alison Hilary' is tolerant of a wide range of humidity levels and does not require any special humidity conditions when planted outdoors in its natural climate.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Provide bright light and cool temps for indoor Snowdrop 'Alison Hilary'.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in dappled shade with moist, well-drained soil for outdoor Snowdrop 'Alison Hilary'.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The common name for Galanthus 'Alison Hilary' is "snowdrop." Initially, a snowdrop begins its life as a bulb, planted in well-drained soil, typically in the fall before the ground freezes. As winter wanes, the snowdrop bulb breaks dormancy, and the plant emerges in late winter to early spring, often when snow is still on the ground. Following emergence, it forms a rosette of leaves and sends up a single flower stalk, which blooms with a characteristic white, bell-shaped flower. After flowering, the snowdrop's foliage photosynthesizes and stores energy in the bulb for the next growing season. As temperatures rise in late spring, the snowdrop enters a period of dormancy, with the foliage dying back until the next winter or early spring when the cycle begins anew.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Early spring

    • The Galanthus 'Alison Hilary', commonly known as 'Snowdrop', can be propagated most effectively by dividing its bulbs. The optimal time for this procedure is after the foliage has died back but before the bulb has gone completely dormant, typically in late spring to early summer. To propagate by bulb division, the clump of snowdrops should be carefully lifted from the ground, and the bulbs gently separated. Each bulb should have a portion of the base plate to ensure it has the potential to develop into a new plant. These individual bulbs can then be replanted immediately at a depth of about 3 inches (7.62 centimeters) in well-drained soil, spaced approximately 3 inches apart to allow room for growth. Care should be taken to keep the bulbs at the same orientation they were originally growing to prevent disorientation of the emerging shoots.