Snowdrop Galanthus 'Dodo Norton'

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


The plant known as 'Dodo Norton' is a particular variety of snowdrop. It displays delicate, nodding white flowers that are admired for their simple yet elegant beauty. The bloom, which emerges in late winter to early spring, resembles a droplet, creating a striking contrast against the winter-brown surroundings. Each flower consists of three outer petals that are pure white, elongated, and gently curved, encasing smaller inner petals that may feature green markings at their tips. The foliage is narrow, strap-shaped, and a fresh green color, providing a soft backdrop for the white flowers. Overall, the plant possesses an ethereal quality, making it a cherished addition to garden spaces that yearn for early color and a hint of spring's promise during the colder months.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Snowdrop, Common Snowdrop

    • Common names

      Galanthus 'Dodo Norton'.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6 inches (15 cm)

    • Spread

      3 inches (8 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Value: Snowdrops, like Galanthus 'Dodo Norton', are known for their delicate, bell-shaped white flowers that can brighten up the late winter or early spring garden.
    • Early Blooming: They are among the first flowers to bloom in the year, often emerging even when snow is still on the ground.
    • Pest Resistant: Snowdrops are generally resistant to pests, making them a low-maintenance choice for gardeners.
    • Drought Tolerant: Once established, they can tolerate periods of dryness, minimizing the need for watering.
    • Naturalizing: Snowdrops can spread over time, creating natural drifts without needing replanting.
    • Pollinator-Friendly: Early-blooming snowdrops provide a vital source of nectar for pollinators like bees when few other flowers are in bloom.
    • Hardy: Snowdrops are hardy to a variety of climates and can survive cold winters.
    • Low Maintenance: They require minimal care once planted, and can thrive without fertilizers or regular care.
    • Ground Cover: Their ability to spread and cover the ground helps suppress weeds and protect the soil.
    • Symbolism: Snowdrops are often associated with hope, purity, and the arrival of spring, adding an emotional benefit to their presence 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

    • Gardening Photography: Snowdrop enthusiasts, known as galanthophiles, often photograph the Galanthus 'Dodo Norton' for its distinct characteristics and to share in gardening communities and social media.
    • Botanical Art: Artists may use the distinct look of the snowdrop in watercolor paintings, drawings, and botanical illustrations due to its aesthetic appeal.
    • Companion Planting: Snowdrops can be used in companion planting schemes to provide early spring blooms underneath deciduous shrubs and trees before they leaf out.
    • Educational Tool: Snowdrops like Galanthus 'Dodo Norton' are used in educational settings to teach about plant life cycles, specifically how some plants have adapted to cold climates and emerge in late winter or early spring.
    • Winter Gardens: Snowdrops are often used to create winter interest in gardens, providing a stark contrast to the bare garden beds or snow-covered landscapes.
    • Bee Forage: Snowdrops provide an early source of nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinators emerging on warm days in late winter and early spring.
    • Floral Arrangements: While they are delicate, snowdrops can be included in winter floral arrangements or used to create a "spring is coming" mood in floral displays.
    • Motif in Textiles: The delicate form of Galanthus 'Dodo Norton' may be used as a motif in textile design, including embroidery and fabric prints.
    • Wedding Decor: For weddings taking place in late winter or early spring, snowdrops can be used as part of the decor to symbolize purity, hope, and the start of a new life together.
    • Snowdrop Events: Some gardens and communities hold special snowdrop-themed events where different varieties such as Galanthus 'Dodo Norton' are showcased, and enthusiasts can appreciate and compare their unique qualities.

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 'Snowdrop,' is one of the first flowers to bloom at the end of winter, symbolizing the hope that spring will soon arrive.
    • Purity: The snowdrop’s white color is often associated with purity and innocence.
    • Consolation or Comfort: In the language of flowers, snowdrops can represent comfort after a loss or in difficult times, as they signal the end of winter.
    • Renewal: As heralds of spring, snowdrops symbolize new beginnings and the renewal of nature.

When soil is dry
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every year
Late spring
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Snowdrops, including Galanthus 'Dodo Norton', generally prefer consistently moist soil, especially during their growing season in the late winter and spring. They should be watered once a week with about one gallon of water per square yard, as overwatering or allowing the soil to dry out can be detrimental. Once the foliage begins to die back in the late spring, watering can be reduced as the plants enter dormancy. During their dormant period in summer, snowdrops require less water and can usually survive on natural rainfall unless conditions are exceptionally dry.

  • sunLight

    Snowdrops such as Galanthus 'Dodo Norton' thrive in dappled shade or part sun. The ideal spot would mimic their natural woodland habitat, where they receive filtered sunlight through the canopy of deciduous trees. They can also tolerate full sun in cooler climates, but in warmer areas, they should be protected from the strong afternoon sun to prevent scorching.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Snowdrops like Galanthus 'Dodo Norton' are cold-hardy plants, flourishing in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 7. They can survive winter temperatures down to about -40 degrees Fahrenheit and can tolerate summer heat up to around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. The ideal climate for snowdrops is cool to moderate with temperatures ranging between 35 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning is not typically necessary for snowdrops like Galanthus 'Dodo Norton' since they are small, bulbous plants. However, it's beneficial to remove any dead or yellowing foliage after they have finished flowering and the leaves have died back naturally. This usually occurs in late spring. Doing so helps prevent diseases and tidies up the plant for its period of dormancy.

  • broomCleaning

    Not needed

  • bambooSoil

    For the Snowdrop 'Dodo Norton', prepare a soil mix with good drainage using equal parts compost, loamy soil, and perlite. The soil pH should be kept neutral to slightly alkaline, between 6.5 and 7.5.

  • plantRepotting

    Snowdrops 'Dodo Norton' typically do not need frequent repotting. They should be repotted every 3 to 5 years or when they become too crowded in their current container.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Snowdrop 'Dodo Norton' prefers moderate humidity levels and will thrive in conditions that mimic their natural cool, woodland habitat.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in well-lit area, cool temperature, less water in summer.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in partial shade, rich moist soil, protect from harsh sun.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-9 USDA.

  • circleLife cycle

    The common name for Galanthus 'Dodo Norton' is Dodo Norton snowdrop. It begins its life cycle as a bulb, which lies dormant underground during the summer. In winter, the bulb sends up shoots and leaves, often pushing through snow, as snowdrops are known for their early spring emergence. The plant blossoms in late winter to early spring, producing its distinctive white, drooping flowers that are the hallmark of the genus. After flowering, the leaves photosynthesize and store energy in the bulb before they yellow and die back as the plant enters dormancy again. Seed dispersal can occur when the capsule splits open, but propagation of this cultivar is usually through bulb division.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Late spring

    • Propogation: Snowdrop 'Dodo Norton', a variant of Galanthus, is most commonly propagated through the division of bulbs. The best time to carry out this process is when the plant is dormant, which typically occurs late in the spring after the foliage has died back or in early fall before the new growth begins. To propagate through bulb division, one should carefully dig up the clump of bulbs and gently separate them into individual bulbs. Each bulb should have a portion of the base plate, which is essential for the bulb to produce roots and shoots the following season. The separated bulbs can then be immediately replanted at a depth of about 3 to 4 inches (7.6 to 10.2 centimeters) and spaced approximately 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) apart to allow for adequate room for growth. This method is favored for its simplicity and effectiveness in expanding snowdrop collections.