Snowdrop Galanthus 'Rodmarton'

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


Galanthus 'Rodmarton' is commonly known as a snowdrop, a fitting name for its delicate and pristine appearance. Characterized by its nodding white flowers, each bloom has a distinctive, bell-shaped form comprised of three outer petals that are pure white, and smaller inner petals often displaying a green marking. The flowers elegantly emerge from a slender, green stalk flanked by linear, grayish-green leaves that give the plant a grass-like appearance when not in bloom. While in flower, the snowdrop presents a charming display that signals the impending arrival of spring, typically among the first blossoms to appear as winter wanes. The leaves and flowers sprout directly from a bulb nestled within the soil, developing into a clump over time.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Snowdrop, Common Snowdrop, Rodmarton Snowdrop.

    • Common names

      Galanthus 'Rodmarton'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Snowdrop, specifically the Galanthus 'Rodmarton', contains compounds that may be toxic to humans if ingested. Alkaloids such as galantamine, found in the plant, can cause symptoms if consumed in large enough quantities. These symptoms may include gastrointestinal upset such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and in severe cases, it can lead to more serious effects such as dizziness, convulsions, and even cardiac problems. Handling the plant can also cause skin irritation for some individuals. To avoid poisoning, it is important not to ingest any parts of the snowdrop plant.

    • To pets

      Snowdrop also poses a risk to pets if ingested. The same alkaloids that affect humans can cause toxicity in animals as well. Symptoms of snowdrop poisoning in pets can include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and potentially severe consequences like tremors, seizures, or cardiac issues. Immediate veterinary attention is recommended if a pet ingests any part of a snowdrop plant to prevent serious health complications.

  • 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

    • Early Spring Bloom: Galanthus, commonly known as Snowdrop, is one of the first flowers to bloom in late winter or early spring, bringing early season interest to the garden.
    • Pest Resistant: They are generally resistant to pests, reducing the need for chemical interventions in the garden.
    • Drought Tolerant: Once established, Snowdrops are quite tolerant to periods of dryness, making them suitable for drier climates or water-wise gardens.
    • Low Maintenance: Snowdrops require minimal maintenance once planted, making them a hassle-free addition for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Naturalizing: Over time, Snowdrops will spread and naturalize in an area, forming a carpet of white blooms that can enhance the aesthetic of a landscape.
    • Attracts Pollinators: Their early flowers provide an important source of nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinators emerging from hibernation.
    • Deer and Rabbit Resistant: The plants are generally not favored by deer or rabbits, so they tend to avoid eating them, which is great for gardens prone to these visitors.
    • Adaptable: They can adapt to a range of soil types, although they prefer moist, well-drained soil.
    • Historical Interest: Snowdrops have been cherished for centuries in horticulture and have historical significance in many cultures as a symbol of purity and the arrival of spring.

  • 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

    • Ecological Indicator: Galanthus, commonly known as snowdrop, can be an indicator of ancient woodland, pointing to the historical continuity of the habitat.
    • Insect Shelter: During early spring, the foliage and flowers of snowdrops provide a habitat and microclimate for insects emerging from winter dormancy.
    • Photography Subject: A close-up of the delicate structure of snowdrop flowers might serve as a subject for macro photography, capturing the detail and beauty of early spring.
    • Natural Art: Snowdrops are sometimes used in natural art installations or eco-art, representing themes of renewal and the changing of seasons.
    • Educational Tools: Snowdrops can be used in educational settings to teach children about plant life cycles, especially how plants emerge and adapt to the end of winter conditions.
    • Winter Gardens: Snowdrops bring visual interest to winter gardens and can be used to design a seasonal garden focused on winter-blooming plants.
    • Floristry: Snowdrop blooms are sometimes used in floral arrangements, particularly winter or early spring bouquets, to add delicacy and a symbol of hope.
    • Symbolic Uses: In literature and art, snowdrops often symbolize purity and the return of life, making them a subject in various cultural and religious contexts.
    • First Bloom Festivals: Areas where snowdrops are abundant might celebrate the first bloom of the year with festivals or garden tours, utilizing the snowdrop as a tourist attraction.
    • Garden Photography Workshops: Snowdrops can serve as a focus for photography workshops, helping budding photographers learn to shoot in early spring light and capture emerging plant life.

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 snowdrops, often blooms while snow is still on the ground, symbolizing the hope and rebirth that comes with spring.
    • Purity: The snowdrop's white blossoms are associated with purity and cleanliness due to their color.
    • Consolation or Comfort: In some traditions, snowdrops are said to bring comfort to those who are grieving, symbolizing solace in difficult times.
    • New Beginnings: As one of the first flowers to emerge after winter, snowdrops symbolize new beginnings and the fresh start that the season of spring represents.

When soil is dry
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Late spring
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Snowdrop 'Rodmarton' should be watered deeply once a week during active growth, ensuring the soil is kept moist but never waterlogged. During their dormant period in the summer, water sparingly or not at all, allowing the soil to dry out somewhat. In terms of quantity, during the growing season, provide about one to two gallons per square yard weekly, adjusting for rainfall and natural soil moisture. It's crucial not to over-water as this can lead to bulb rot.

  • sunLight

    Snowdrop 'Rodmarton' thrives best in partial shade. They are ideally placed under deciduous canopy which provides dappled sunlight in the spring and more shade once trees fully leaf out in summer. A north-facing location that avoids the intense afternoon sun is optimal, ensuring the delicate blooms are protected from scorching.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Snowdrops, including 'Rodmarton', prefer cooler temperatures and are hardy in a range from 10 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. They can survive brief periods of colder weather as low as -20 degrees Fahrenheit. Ideal growth temperatures are between 35 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning is not typically necessary for Snowdrops like 'Rodmarton'. However, it is good practice to deadhead spent flowers to maintain a tidy appearance and direct the plant's energy away from seed production. Overcrowded clumps can be divided after foliage dies back, usually in late spring or early autumn.

  • broomCleaning

    Not needed

  • bambooSoil

    Snowdrops prefer well-drained soil rich in organic matter with a pH of 6.5 to 7.5. A mixture of loamy soil, leaf mold, and compost is ideal for Galanthus 'Rodmarton'.

  • plantRepotting

    Snowdrops, including Galanthus 'Rodmarton', rarely need repotting and prefer to be undisturbed. Divide clumps only when overcrowded, typically every 3 to 5 years.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Snowdrops like Galanthus 'Rodmarton' are tolerant of outdoor humidity levels and do not require specific indoor humidity conditions.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in cool room with natural light; water sparingly.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in partial shade, well-draining soil; keep protected.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The snowdrop 'Rodmarton' follows a typical bulbous plant life cycle, emerging seasonally from its bulb in late winter to early spring, when it produces its characteristic white, nodding flowers. After flowering, the plant goes through a phase of leaf growth, where the leaves photosynthesize and create energy, which is then stored in the bulb for the following season. Once the leaves die back in late spring or early summer, the snowdrop 'Rodmarton' enters a period of dormancy throughout the hot summer months. During this dormant phase, the bulb remains underground, conserving energy and waiting for the next cycle to begin. As temperatures cool and autumn approaches, the bulb may begin to develop roots in preparation for the next growth season. With the onset of the next winter, the cycle restarts as the snowdrop 'Rodmarton' pushes new shoots up through the soil, resuming its life cycle.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Late spring

    • The most popular method of propagation for the Galanthus 'Rodmarton', commonly known as the snowdrop, is division, typically carried out in spring after the plants have finished flowering but while the leaves are still green. This technique involves gently lifting the clumps of snowdrops from the ground using a garden fork and carefully separating them by hand or with a sharp, clean knife. Each division should have at least one growing point or bulb. The separated bulbs are then immediately replanted at the same depth they were growing before, which is usually about 3 to 4 inches (approximately 7.5 to 10 centimeters), and spaced around 3 inches (about 7.5 centimeters) apart to allow for adequate room for growth. Newly planted bulbs should be watered in well to help establish them, and it is crucial to maintain consistent moisture through their first growing season.