Atkinsii snowdrop Galanthus 'Atkinsii'

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


Galanthus 'Atkinsii', commonly known as a type of snowdrop, is a flowering plant noted for its charm during the late winter months when few other plants bloom. The plant features slender, strap-shaped leaves that emerge from the ground, providing a green backdrop for its distinctive flowers. Each flower is pendulous, hanging from a flower stalk, and resembles a drop of snow, which is a perfect complement to its common name. The flowers are typically white, displaying a classic snowdrop shape with three outer petals that encase shorter inner petals, often marked with green at the tips. These inner petals have unique green markings that can differ slightly from plant to plant, which adds a layer of individuality to each specimen. The flowers exude a subtle fragrance that can be enticing on a crisp late winter day. Overall, the appearance of Galanthus 'Atkinsii' is delicate and demure, embodying the quintessential look of early spring flora with its elegant white blossoms and lush green foliage.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Atkins' Snowdrop, Early Snowdrop

    • Common names

      Galanthus 'Atkinsii'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Snowdrop (Galanthus 'Atkinsii') contains alkaloids which can be toxic if ingested in large quantities. They are present in all parts of the plant, including bulbs, leaves, and flowers. Ingesting any part of snowdrop may lead to symptoms such as nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and in more severe cases, it can affect the nervous system and cause dizziness or even trembling. However, incidents of poisoning in humans are rare due to the plant's unpalatability and the typically small quantities that might be ingested accidentally.

    • To pets

      Snowdrop (Galanthus 'Atkinsii') is also toxic to pets. Similar to humans, pets can be poisoned by ingesting any part of the plant. Symptoms of poisoning in pets include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and possible seizures. In severe cases, ingestion of the snowdrop plant can cause cardiac abnormalities or central nervous system issues. It is advisable to consult a veterinarian immediately if you suspect your pet has ingested this plant.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6 inches (15 cm)

    • Spread

      3 inches (7.5 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Galanthus 'Atkinsii', commonly known as the snowdrop, offers early spring blooms that are one of the first signs of spring, providing a fresh and cheerful presence in the garden after the winter months.
    • Pollinator Attraction: Early flowering helps in providing nectar for pollinators like bees at a time when few other food sources are available.
    • Low Maintenance: Snowdrops are known for being hardy and require minimal care once established, making them ideal for gardeners of all experience levels.
    • Naturalising: Galanthus 'Atkinsii' can spread easily under the right conditions, creating a natural and enchanting woodland floor look over time.
    • Winter Interest: Even when not in bloom, the foliage of snowdrops offers greenery during the duller winter days, providing garden interest throughout the season.
    • Companion Planting: Snowdrops pair well with other early spring bloomers and can be planted under deciduous shrubs and trees where they can complement each other's growth and bloom times.
    • Cold Hardiness: Snowdrops are extremely cold-tolerant, often capable of withstanding frost and snow, making them suitable for cooler climates.
    • Resilience to Pests and Diseases: Generally, snowdrops are resistant to most pests and diseases, which reduces the need for chemical treatments.
    • Historical Significance: Having a plant like Galanthus 'Atkinsii' in the garden can bring historical and botanical interest, as these plants have been cherished in gardens for centuries.
    • Easy to Propagate: Snowdrops can be easily propagated through division, allowing gardeners to share plants with others and expand their own collection over time.

  • 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: The Snowdrop, including Galanthus 'Atkinsii', is often used to symbolize purity and the return of spring, making it a popular plant to include in spring festivals and ceremonies.
    • Natural Insect Deterrent: The foliage of the Snowdrop contains a compound that is said to deter certain insects, making it a potential companion plant in gardens to reduce pest pressure.
    • Photography Subject: Due to their delicate and photogenic appearance, Snowdrops are commonly used by photographers, especially in macro photography, to illustrate the beauty of early spring flora.
    • Educational Use: Snowdrops can be used in educational settings to help teach botany and the science of plant life cycles, especially the process of flowering in late winter or early spring.
    • Eco-tourism Attraction: Some regions host Snowdrop festivals that attract tourists, bringing attention to local gardening and fostering interest in horticulture and conservation.
    • Art Inspiration: Snowdrops have inspired artists for centuries, leading to their portrayal in paintings, sculptures, and literary works focusing on their delicate form and nature's resilience.
    • Weather Indicator: The blooming of Snowdrops is often associated with the imminent end of winter, serving as a natural indicator for gardeners to prepare for the upcoming planting season.
    • Holiday Decor: Snowdrops can be forced in pots to bloom indoors during winter holidays, providing a touch of spring during festivities such as Christmas and New Year's celebrations.
    • Cultural Emblem: In some cultures, Snowdrops serve as a national or regional emblem, symbolizing hope or marking significant historical events tied to the time of year they bloom.
    • Garden Design: Snowdrops are valued for their aesthetic contribution to winter gardens, often planted in drifts to create a 'white carpet' effect before other plants begin to wake from dormancy.

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 'Atkinsii', commonly known as the snowdrop, is often one of the first flowers to bloom at the end of winter, symbolizing hope and the arrival of spring.
    • Purity: The snowdrop's white petals are associated with purity and innocence, often reflecting a sense of new beginnings and cleanliness.
    • Consolation or Comfort: Due to its early appearance, often while snow is still on the ground, the snowdrop is also seen as a sign of consolation, providing comfort that winter is nearing its end.
    • Resilience: Snowdrops can bloom through the snow, representing resilience and the ability to overcome challenges and hardships.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 3-5 years
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Snowdrops require consistent moisture during their active growing period, typically from fall when they start to root until late spring when they enter dormancy. During this period, water your snowdrops when the top inch of soil begins to feel dry. Avoid letting the soil become completely dry, especially when the plants are in bloom. Snowdrops do not require a lot of water, so a light watering, enough to moisten the soil without causing standing water, is ideal. This might equate to approximately 1-2 gallons per square yard, every week, depending on your local climate conditions and rainfall. In periods of heavy rain, you can skip watering as they are prone to rot in soggy soil.

  • sunLight

    Snowdrops thrive in light conditions that mimic their natural woodland habitat. They prefer dappled sunlight or part shade, as intense direct sunlight may harm the delicate flowers and leaves. The ideal spot for planting snowdrops would be under deciduous trees where they receive protection from the harsh midday sun yet can take advantage of spring sunlight before the trees fully leaf out.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Snowdrops are cold-hardy plants that prefer cooler temperatures. They can survive winter temperatures as low as 10°F when dormant. However, while in growth in late winter to spring, the ideal temperature range is between 35°F and 53°F. Snowdrops do not perform well in extreme heat; they go dormant in summer when the temperature consistently exceeds 60°F.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning is not typically necessary for snowdrops, as they are small, bulbous plants that naturally die back after flowering. However, you can deadhead the spent flowers if you wish to keep the garden tidy and to prevent self-seeding, which is not essential but can be done for aesthetic reasons. The best time for any cleaning up around the plants is when the foliage has yellowed and withered, which indicates the plant is entering dormancy.

  • broomCleaning

    Not needed

  • bambooSoil

    Snowdrop 'Atkinsii' thrives best in a soil mix that is well-draining and rich in organic matter. The ideal soil mixture would consist of equal parts garden soil, compost, and perlite to ensure proper drainage and fertility. A slightly acidic to neutral soil pH of 6.5 to 7.0 is optimal for this plant's growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Snowdrop 'Atkinsii' typically does not require frequent repotting as it is a bulbous plant. It is best to repot every 3 to 5 years or when clumps become overcrowded. The ideal time to repot and divide clusters of snowdrops is after the foliage has died down in late spring.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Snowdrop 'Atkinsii' is tolerant of a wide range of humidity levels but generally prefer conditions that mimic their native woodland habitat. Moderate ambient humidity is best for the snowdrop, avoiding extremely dry environments that may cause the foliage to desiccate.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Snowdrop 'Atkinsii' near a window for bright, indirect light.

    • Outdoor

      Plant Snowdrop 'Atkinsii' in partial shade and moist soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      Snowdrop 'Atkinsii' is suitable for 3-9 USDA.

  • circleLife cycle

    The Atkinsii snowdrop, Galanthus 'Atkinsii', begins its life cycle in late winter to early spring, emerging from a bulb underground to grow narrow, linear leaves and a single flowering stalk. The stalk bears a solitary, nodding white flower marked with distinctive green inner segments, characterizing its blooming phase. After pollination, typically by bees, the flower develops into a capsule containing seeds; this seed-setting stage may occur in late spring. The plant then goes into a period of dormancy during the summer, with the foliage dying back and the bulb remaining dormant underground. As temperatures cool and winter approaches, the bulb will undergo a period of chilling that is necessary for the next cycle of growth. The following late winter, the plant re-emerges, thus completing its life cycle and beginning anew.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • The Galanthus 'Atkinsii', commonly known as Atkins' snowdrop, is most commonly propagated through the division of bulb offsets. The optimal time to propagate these plants is when they are dormant, typically in late spring to early summer after the leaves have yellowed and died back. To propagate by division, gardeners carefully dig up the clump of bulbs, and then gently separate the offsets from the mother bulb. Each offset, which should have some roots attached, can be replanted immediately at the same depth it was previously growing, spaced about 3 inches (approximately 7.6 centimeters) apart to allow room for growth. It's important to handle the bulbs gently to avoid damage, as this can affect the plant's ability to thrive in its new location.