Plicate snowdrop Galanthus plicatus 'Diggory'

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


Galanthus plicatus 'Diggory' is commonly known as the snowdrop, and it is cherished for its unique and charming appearance. The plant features particularly distinctive flowers; they are pendulous and shaped somewhat like droplets, hanging from their stalks as if bowing gracefully. What sets 'Diggory' apart from other snowdrops are its significantly textured and seersuckered petals. Each flower has three outer petals that are pure white and elegantly curved, sometimes showing a slight outward flare. The inner petals are shorter and often possess a green mark at the tips. The foliage of 'Diggory' is also notable, as the leaves are broad and grayish-green in color, with a pronounced fold or pleat down their length – a characteristic implied by the name “plicatus” which relates to the pleated appearance. These leaves are smooth and form a tuft from which the flower stems emerge. The overall impression of Galanthus plicatus 'Diggory' is one of delicate beauty, with its textured flower and pleated leaves combining to create an ornamental effect that is appreciated in the winter to early spring garden, a time when few other plants are in bloom. It is a herald of the coming spring, often poking through the last of winter's snow to reveal its blossoms.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Pleated Snowdrop, Diggory Snowdrop

    • Common names

      Galanthus plicatus 'Diggory'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The plant known as snowdrop (Galanthus plicatus 'Diggory') contains alkaloids that can be toxic if ingested by humans. If someone eats a part of the snowdrop, they may experience symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, and abdominal pain. In severe cases, ingestion could lead to more serious effects such as cardiac or neurological problems. It is important to avoid consuming any part of this plant.

    • To pets

      Snowdrop (Galanthus plicatus 'Diggory') poses a toxicity risk to pets if ingested. The alkaloids present in the plant can cause symptoms in animals similar to those in humans, potentially including vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. More serious symptoms, such as changes in heart rate or seizures, could develop depending on the amount ingested. It is important to keep pets away from this plant.

  • 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

    • Aesthetic Appeal: The unique, bell-shaped, and pendent white flowers of the Snowdrop 'Diggory' add visual interest to winter gardens.
    • Early Bloomers: Snowdrops are among the first flowers to bloom in late winter to early spring, often emerging through snow.
    • Pollinator Attraction: Their early flowering provides an important nectar source for bees and other pollinators when few other plants are in bloom.
    • Low Maintenance: Snowdrops generally require minimal care once established, making them suitable for novice gardeners.
    • Naturalizing: Over time, Snowdrops can spread and naturalize, creating larger displays each year without the need for additional planting.
    • Cold Hardiness: They are well-suited to cold climates and can withstand winter temperatures, thus providing a reliable display each year.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, Snowdrops can tolerate periods of dryness, making them suitable for gardens with varying moisture levels.
    • Deer and Rodent Resistance: Snowdrops are typically resistant to deer and rodents, which often avoid eating them.
    • Compatibility with Other Plants: Snowdrops can be easily combined with other spring-blooming bulbs and perennials to create a layered garden design.
    • Garden Tradition: Planting Snowdrops is a classic gardening tradition, symbolizing the end of winter and the promise of spring.
    • Educational Interest: Snowdrops can be used to teach about plant life cycles, particularly as an example of plants that bloom in the winter.

  • 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

    • Photography subjects: With its distinct bell-shaped, pendulous flowers, Galanthus plicatus 'Diggory' is an attractive subject for garden photographers and botanical artists.
    • Educational tools: These plants can be used in educational settings to teach students about bulb propagation and early spring blooming cycles in temperate climates.
    • Winter garden aesthetics: Because they bloom in late winter to early spring, they provide aesthetic value when most other plants are dormant, adding beauty to gardens during the bleak months.
    • Bee forage in early spring: They are an important early source of nectar and pollen for bees when few other flower sources are available.
    • Symbolism in art: The snowdrop, which Galanthus plicatus 'Diggory' is a cultivar of, is often used as a symbol of purity and the return of spring in paintings and literature.
    • Landscaping for shaded areas: These plants are ideal for woodland gardens or shaded garden beds, where they can naturalize and create a carpet of blooms.
    • Floristry: Although not commonly used, the delicate blooms can be used in small floral arrangements or as part of bridal bouquets for early spring weddings.
    • Therapeutic gardens: The calming appearance of snowdrops can be used in therapeutic garden settings for their aesthetic and symbolic association with new beginnings and resilience.
    • Cultural festivals and events: In certain cultures, Galanthus species are celebrated as part of festivals marking the end of winter and the beginning of spring.
    • Culinary decoration: The flowers can be used as decorative garnishes for springtime dishes, although they are not edible and must be removed before eating.

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: Galanthus, commonly known as Snowdrop, often symbolizes purity due to its bright white petals that stand out in the barren winter landscape.
    • Hope: The Snowdrop is one of the first flowers to bloom at the end of winter, representing hope and the promise of new beginnings.
    • Consolation: In the language of flowers, Snowdrops sometimes signify consolation or comfort, possibly from their emergence in the late winter, a time which can often be bleak and sombre.
    • Resilience: Snowdrops push through the snow to bloom, symbolizing resilience and the ability to overcome challenges and adversity.

When soil dries out
500 - 2500 Lux
Every 3-5 years
Early Spring
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Snowdrops, including Galanthus plicatus 'Diggory', prefer soil that is moist but well-draining. They should be watered once a week, providing enough water to moisten the soil without causing waterlogged conditions, which can be about 1 gallon per square yard depending on the soil type. During their growth period in late winter and spring, ensure consistent moisture, but once they have finished flowering and the leaves begin to yellow, reduce watering as the bulbs enter dormancy. Overwatering during their dormant period in summer can lead to bulb rot.

  • sunLight

    Snowdrops like Galanthus plicatus 'Diggory' thrive best in partial shade conditions. They are ideally situated under deciduous trees or shrubs that will provide dappled sunlight and some protection from harsh midday sun. They benefit from the brighter light in late winter and early spring before the trees fully leaf out, which coincides with their flowering period.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Snowdrops, like Galanthus plicatus 'Diggory', prefer cooler temperatures and will do well in a range that spans from around 35°F to 65°F for their active growing period. They can survive wintertime temperatures that dip below freezing, as they are cold-hardy to about -20°F, and require a period of cold dormancy to bloom successfully. However, they should be protected from extreme heat in summer, which can be detrimental to the bulbs when they are dormant.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning for Snowdrops like Galanthus plicatus 'Diggory' is minimal and generally consists of removing spent flower stems after blooming to maintain a tidy appearance. There's no need for regular cutting back as with other perennials. After the blooms fade, allow the leaves to die back naturally to ensure that nutrients return to the bulb for the next season. The best time to clean up any yellowed or dead foliage is when it comes away easily with a gentle tug.

  • broomCleaning

    Not needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Snowdrop 'Diggory' thrives best in a rich, moist, well-draining soil mix with added organic material such as compost or well-rotted manure. The soil pH should ideally be neutral to slightly alkaline, around 6.5 to 7.5. Ensure the soil allows for good drainage to prevent bulb rot.

  • plantRepotting

    Snowdrop 'Diggory' typically does not require frequent repotting and can be left undisturbed for several years. Repotting every 3 to 5 years is sufficient unless you notice a decline in flowering, which could indicate it's time to divide and repot.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Snowdrop 'Diggory' is not particularly humidity-sensitive; it prefers average humidity levels found in outdoor garden environments. A typical humidity range of 40-60% is suitable for this plant.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Snowdrop 'Diggory' near a bright window in cool conditions.

    • Outdoor

      Plant Snowdrop 'Diggory' in partial shade, and keep soil moist in spring.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Galanthus plicatus 'Diggory', commonly known as the pleated snowdrop, begins its life as a bulb, which lies dormant underground during the summer months. In late winter to early spring, it breaks dormancy, sending up shoots, narrow leaves, and a singular, distinctive flower that hangs like a droplet. After flowering, typically in the period from February to March, it undergoes photosynthesis to gather energy, which is stored in the bulb for the next cycle. Once the flowering is over and the leaves die back, the plant goes back into a dormant state throughout the late spring and summer. Propagation of this snowdrop is mainly through bulb division after the leaves have faded, as the bulbs multiply underground. Each year the cycle repeats, with bulbs breaking dormancy to bloom and slowly multiplying to form larger clumps of snowdrops over time.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Early Spring

    • The most popular method of propagation for Galanthus plicatus 'Diggory', commonly known as the Diggory snowdrop, is by dividing the bulbs. The best time to propagate by bulb division is when the plant is dormant, generally after the leaves have died back in late spring to early summer. The process involves carefully lifting the clump of bulbs from the ground, gently separating them by hand into individual bulbs or smaller clusters without damaging the basal plate. It is essential to replant the bulbs at the same depth they were previously, which is usually about 3 inches (approximately 7.6 centimeters) deep. Ensure that the newly planted bulbs are spaced adequately, about 3 inches apart, to provide room for growth. Adequate watering after replanting helps establish the bulbs in their new location.