Snowdrop Galanthus 'Limetree'

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


Galanthus 'Limetree', more commonly known as a variety of snowdrop, is a dainty and charming perennial plant known for its nodding, bell-shaped white flowers. Each delicate bloom typically has three outer petals that are pure white and arch outwards, coupled with three smaller inner petals often marked with a green or greenish-yellow pattern. These inner petals may have unique markings that resemble a bridge or a V-shape, which are characteristic of the 'Limetree' variety. The foliage of the snowdrop 'Limetree' consists of slender, green leaves that emerge either before or alongside the flowers. The leaves are often described as glaucous, giving them a slightly blue-green or greyish appearance, which creates a subtle contrast against the bright whiteness of the petals. Overall, the appearance of Galanthus 'Limetree' is one of slender elegance, with its drooping white flowers offering a traditional herald of spring in many temperate gardens.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Snowdrop, Common Snowdrop

    • Common names

      Galanthus 'Limetree'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Galanthus 'Limetree', commonly known as snowdrop, contains alkaloids such as galantamine that can be toxic to humans if ingested. Consumption of parts of the plant, especially the bulbs, can lead to symptoms including gastrointestinal upset such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Other possible adverse effects may include dizziness, abdominal pain, and in severe cases, irregular heartbeats and neurological issues. Care should be taken to prevent ingestion, particularly in children and pets, and medical attention should be sought if poisoning is suspected.

    • To pets

      Snowdrop, the common name of Galanthus 'Limetree', is toxic to pets if ingested. Similar to its effects on humans, the alkaloids present can cause symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal discomfort, and potential neurological effects. Particularly vulnerable to poisoning are cats and dogs, which might be attracted to the bulbs. Ingestion of any part of the snowdrop plant can be harmful, and if a pet is suspected of consuming it, immediate veterinary care is advisable to mitigate the potential consequences of toxicity.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6 inches (15 cm)

    • Spread

      3 inches (7.6 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic appeal: Galanthus 'Limetree', commonly known as the snowdrop, offers delicate and attractive white flowers that can brighten up winter gardens.
    • Early flowering: Snowdrops are among the first flowers to bloom in late winter or early spring, providing an early nectar source for pollinators.
    • Low maintenance: Once established, snowdrops require minimal care and can thrive in a range of soil conditions.
    • Naturalizing: Snowdrops can spread and naturalize over time, forming impressive carpets of white blossoms in woodland settings or shady garden areas.
    • Cold hardiness: Being one of the earliest bloomers, snowdrops are very tolerant of cold and can withstand frost and snow cover.
    • Wildlife support: The flowers can provide a vital food source for pollinators like bees that are active on warm winter days.

  • 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

    • Galanthus 'Limetree' bulbs can be used as a natural rodent repellent due to their toxicity. Planting them in strategic areas can help keep mice and voles away from gardens.
    • The foliage of Galanthus 'Limetree' can be used in winter floral arrangements to provide greenery when other plants are scarce.
    • Dried Galanthus 'Limetree' flowers are sometimes used in potpourris, providing a subtle fragrance and a reminder of early spring blooms.
    • The plant's sap has been traditionally used as an adhesive in small scale applications, like sealing envelopes or fixing delicate papers.
    • Galanthus 'Limetree' has been featured in literary and artistic works as a symbol of hope and the coming of spring, possibly inspiring creativity.
    • The natural contrast between the snowdrop's white petals and green marks can be studied for insights into pollinator attraction strategies in horticulture and botany.
    • They can serve as an educational tool for children and horticulture students to observe and learn about plant growth and early blooming cycles.
    • Some cultures associate Galanthus 'Limetree' with various superstitions and folklore, often using them to decorate during certain festive traditions or rituals.
    • Due to their early blooming, they can be an important early food source for pollinators like bees when few other flowers are present.
    • Galanthus 'Limetree' plants can be used in photography and painting as subjects to capture the delicate textures and essence of spring's first flowers.

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, often blooms at the end of winter and is one of the first flowers to herald the approaching spring. Its appearance symbolizes hope and the optimism of life continuing after the cold.
    • Purity: The snowdrop's white petals represent purity and are often linked to the Virgin Mary in Christian symbolism, suggesting innocence and clean beginnings.
    • Consolation: Because of their early bloom even in snowy conditions, snowdrops have been taken to symbolize consolation, offering a visual promise that winter hardships will eventually give way to spring.
    • New beginnings: The flower's emergence from the frozen ground is emblematic of new starts, making it a symbol for fresh starts and rebirth.
    • Resilience: Despite its delicate appearance, the snowdrop is actually quite resilient and able to withstand cold winter temperatures. This resilience makes it a symbol of the ability to persevere through hard times.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 3-4 years
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Snowdrops, or Galanthus 'Limetree', should be watered regularly during their growing season, which is late winter to early spring. They prefer soil that is moist but well-drained. During active growth, water them with about 1 inch of water per week. Once the foliage begins to yellow and die back after flowering, reduce watering significantly. It's essential not to waterlog the soil as this can cause bulb rot.

  • sunLight

    Snowdrops require dappled shade or partial sunlight to thrive. The ideal spot for Galanthus 'Limetree' would be under deciduous trees or shrubs where they receive filtered light. They can tolerate full sun in the winter and early spring, but too much direct sunlight after the trees leaf out can lead to leaf scorch.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Snowdrops are hardy and can withstand cold, with Galanthus 'Limetree' tolerating temperatures as low as -20°F and as high as 75°F. Ideally, they thrive in cold winter areas and cool springs with temperatures averaging between 35°F and 55°F. Protection from extreme cold or heat is not usually necessary unless temperatures exceed these limits.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning is not necessary for Snowdrops, but spent flowers can be deadheaded to maintain a neat appearance. After blooming, allow the foliage of Galanthus 'Limetree' to die back naturally, as this helps the plant recharge its bulb for the next season. Pruning should be limited to removing any damaged or diseased foliage.

  • broomCleaning

    Not needed

  • bambooSoil

    Snowdrops (Galanthus 'Limetree') thrive in moist, well-drained soil rich in organic matter with a pH of 6.5 to 7. A mix of loam, peat or leaf mold, and perlite would suit them well.

  • plantRepotting

    Snowdrops typically do not need frequent repotting and can be left undisturbed for several years. They can be repotted if clumps become overcrowded, which is generally every 3-5 years.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Snowdrops prefer average humidity levels and do not require any special humidity considerations as long as they are planted in moisture-retentive but well-draining soil.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright light, cool temps, and moist soil.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in dappled shade, rich soil, water regularly.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The common name for Galanthus 'Limetree' is Snowdrop. The life cycle of a snowdrop begins with seed germination, which occurs in spring shortly after the seeds are dispersed, typically through ant-mediated dispersal (myrmecochory). Once germinated, the seedling develops a small bulb from which basal leaves emerge, and this bulb will continue to develop and enlarge as the plant matures. Over several years, the snowdrop grows vegetatively, producing leaves each year which photosynthesize to provide energy for the growing bulb. Snowdrops primarily flower in late winter to early spring, sending up a single flower stalk per bulb, with the classic pendant white flowers that are characteristic of the genus. After flowering and pollination, the plant sets seed while the foliage dies back, and the bulb enters a period of dormancy during the summer until the cycle begins anew with the next growth season.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • Propogation: Galanthus 'Limetree', commonly known as a variety of snowdrop, is typically propagated through the division of its bulb clusters. The best time to propagate these plants is after the foliage has died back, usually in late spring or early summer. To divide the bulbs, carefully dig up the clumps after the leaves have yellowed, gently separate the bulbs, and replant them immediately to a depth of about 3 to 4 inches (approximately 7.5 to 10 centimeters). It's crucial to maintain the natural biological rhythms of the bulbs, so dividing and replanting should mimic their typical growth cycle as much as possible. This ensures minimal disruption and promotes healthy growth for the next blooming season.