Snowdrop 'Primrose Warburg' Galanthus 'Primrose Warburg'

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


'Primrose Warburg' is a vigorous, bulbous perennial, to 20cm tall, with grey-green, strap-like leaves that are slightly rolled outward. The flowers have a distinctive, intense-yellow ovary. The outer petals are white, with occasional faint green veining, whilst the inner petals have a beautiful yellow-green mark across the petal notch

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Snowdrop, Primrose Warburg Snowdrop

    • Common names

      Galanthus 'Primrose Warburg'.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      6-8 inches (15-20 cm)

    • Spread

      3-4 inches (7.5-10 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Early Blooming: Snowdrops typically flower early in the year, providing a welcome splash of color to winter gardens.
    • Attracts Pollinators: Early emerging bees and other pollinators benefit from the nectar and pollen when few other plants are in bloom.
    • Low Maintenance: They require minimal care once established and can thrive in many garden settings without much interference.
    • Naturalizing: They can spread over time to create natural carpets of white in grassy areas or woodlands.
    • Cold Hardy: Resilient in cold weather, they can survive harsh winter conditions and are one of the first plants to bloom as temperatures rise.
    • Decorative Appeal: With their distinctive white flowers and green markings, they are a visually appealing addition to any garden.
    • Heritage and History: They have a long history of cultivation and are often found in traditional and heritage gardens.
    • Companion Planting: They work well when planted alongside other early spring flowers such as crocuses and winter aconites, enhancing garden biodiversity.

  • 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

    • Indicator of seasonal change: Snowdrops like Galanthus 'Primrose Warburg' often bloom in late winter or early spring, serving as a biological indicator of the changing seasons for gardeners and naturalists.
    • Eco-friendly dye: The petals and bulbs of snowdrops can be used to create a natural green dye for fabrics, though it is not a common practice.
    • Cold stratification facilitator: Snowdrop seeds require a period of cold to germinate, thus they can be used in seed mixtures to help facilitate the stratification process for other seeds that require cold treatment.
    • Photography subject: Snowdrops are a popular subject for macro and botanical photographers due to their delicate and intricate structure.
    • Artistic inspiration: The unique appearance of snowdrops can provide inspiration for artists and designers, influencing patterns in textiles, wallpapers, and jewelry designs.
    • Garden design: Snowdrops can be used to create 'white gardens' or 'winter interest gardens', where they complement other plants with white blooms or foliage.
    • Horticultural education: Snowdrops are often used in educational settings to teach about bulbous plant growth, dormancy, and propagation.
    • Conservation and biodiversity: Planting native species like snowdrops can help support local ecosystems and provide habitats for pollinators during early spring when other food sources are scarce.
    • Folklore and storytelling: Snowdrops have a rich history in folklore and can be used to inspire stories, poems, and folklore-themed garden trails.
    • Monochromatic flower arrangements: Snowdrops can be included in white-themed flower arrangements for occasions such as weddings or in arrangements that aim for a minimalist aesthetic.

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: The snowdrop, which is most commonly associated with Galanthus 'Primrose Warburg', often symbolizes purity due to its clean, white appearance that stands strikingly against the wintery backdrop when it blooms.
    • Hope: As one of the first flowers to bloom at the end of winter, snowdrops represent hope and the promise of new beginnings, signifying the eventual arrival of spring and warmer days ahead.
    • Consolation: Because they appear when the weather is still cold and often harsh, snowdrops are seen to offer consolation, symbolizing comfort in times of difficulty or sorrow.

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

    Snowdrops, including the variety Galanthus 'Primrose Warburg', prefer soil that is moist but well-drained. During the growing season, typically in the late winter to spring, water them when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. This could mean watering once a week, depending on weather conditions and soil drainage, with about 1 inch of water or around half a gallon for a small garden area. It's best not to let the soil dry out completely but also to avoid waterlogging as this can lead to bulb rot. Once the foliage begins to yellow and die back after blooming, reduce watering as the plant goes dormant.

  • sunLight

    Snowdrops, such as the Galanthus 'Primrose Warburg', thrive in light conditions that mimic their natural woodland habitat. They do best in partial shade, especially benefiting from the filtered light beneath deciduous trees. The dappled sunlight allows them to bloom before the tree canopy fills in. They can also tolerate full sun in cooler climates, especially when given some protection from the harsh midday sun.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Snowdrops, including Galanthus 'Primrose Warburg', grow well in a range of temperatures but prefer cooler weather, reflecting their early spring emergence. They can survive winter lows down to around 10°F and are hardy in USDA zones 3 to 8. The ideal growing temperature for snowdrops is between 35°F and 55°F. They begin to go dormant when temperatures rise in the late spring.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning is typically not necessary for snowdrops, including Galanthus 'Primrose Warburg', as they are small and have a short growth cycle. However, after flowering, it's beneficial to remove the spent flower stems to direct energy back to the bulb for next year's growth. Leave the foliage in place until it yellows and dies back naturally, as this is when the plant is gathering energy for the next season's blooms.

  • broomCleaning

    Not needed

  • bambooSoil

    Snowdrops (Galanthus 'Primrose Warburg') thrive in well-drained soil with rich organic matter. A mix of loamy soil with added compost or well-rotted manure provides an ideal growing medium. For optimal growth, maintain a soil pH between 6.0 and 7.0. Adding leaf mold can also benefit the soil structure and fertility.

  • plantRepotting

    Snowdrops such as Galanthus 'Primrose Warburg' seldom need repotting as they prefer to naturalize and can be left undisturbed for several years. Division or repotting can be done every 3-5 years if the clumps become overcrowded, ideally just after the foliage dies back.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Snowdrops (Galanthus 'Primrose Warburg') are tolerant of a range of humidity conditions and do not require specific humidity levels for optimal growth. They thrive outdoors where humidity is naturally regulated by the environment.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Provide bright light, cool temps, and moist soil for Snowdrops.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in partial shade, well-drained soil, and keep moist.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Snowdrop 'Primrose Warburg' begins its life cycle as a bulb, dormant under the soil during the summer. In late winter to early spring, it emerges, flowering to reveal distinctive, pale yellow markings at the base of its inner petals, usually before the leaves are fully developed. After flowering, its foliage continues to grow and photosynthesize, storing energy in the bulb for the next season. As temperatures rise in late spring, the leaves yellow and die back, and the plant reenters dormancy. Over the summer, the bulb remains underground, inactive through the hot months. In the following late winter, the cycle repeats with the bulb sending up new growth, starting the process again.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Late spring

    • Propogation: The most popular method of propagating the Snowdrop 'Primrose Warburg' is by dividing the bulbs, often done in the period just after the leaves have withered, which is typically late spring to early summer. This ensures the plant has enough time to re-establish before the next growing season. To propagate, carefully lift the clump of bulbs from the ground with a spade or fork, and gently separate them by hand. Each bulb can then be replanted at the same depth it was originally growing, approximately 3 inches (about 7.5 centimeters) deep, and spaced around 3 inches apart to allow room for growth. Water the newly planted bulbs well to help establish them. This method is not only straightforward but also helps to maintain the vigor of the plant by preventing over-crowding.