Snowdrop Galanthus plicatus 'Sophie North'

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


Galanthus plicatus 'Sophie North' is a charming and elegant plant commonly known as "Snowdrop." It is characterized by its beautiful bell-shaped white flowers, each petal with a distinctive, delicate green marking at the tip. The plant blooms in the late winter to early spring, bringing a touch of brightness to the garden during the colder months. The foliage of 'Sophie North' is a soft gray-green and the leaves exhibit a noticeable folded or pleated appearance, which distinguishes it from other snowdrop varieties. The flowers dangle gracefully from slender, arching stalks, and their nodding heads have an enchanting, fairy-tale quality. This plant is beloved for its simplicity and the joy it brings during the year's first thaw, signaling the arrival of spring.

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Sophie North Snowdrop, Crimean Snowdrop

    • Common names

      Galanthus plicatus 'Sophie North'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The plant commonly known as snowdrop is considered to have low toxicity to humans. However, all parts of the snowdrop contain alkaloid compounds, such as galanthamine, which can be poisonous if ingested in large quantities. Symptoms from ingestion can include gastrointestinal upset like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. In some cases, more serious effects like low blood pressure, dizziness, and tremors might occur. It is important to seek medical attention if ingestion is suspected.

    • To pets

      Snowdrop is also toxic to pets, such as cats and dogs. The alkaloids, especially galanthamine, present in the plant can lead to symptoms of poisoning in pets if they consume any part of the plant. These symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and incoordination. Serious cases can lead to seizures, cardiac abnormalities, or hypotension. If you suspect your pet has ingested snowdrop, you should contact a veterinarian immediately.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      4 inches (10 cm)

    • Spread

      4 inches (10 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Galanthus plicatus 'Sophie North', commonly known as Snowdrop, features delicate bell-shaped flowers that can enhance the beauty of winter gardens.
    • Early Bloomer: As one of the first flowers to bloom in late winter or early spring, snowdrops can provide an early splash of color and signal the end of winter.
    • Attracts Pollinators: Snowdrops attract early-season pollinators such as bees, which are important for the ecosystem and for the pollination of other plants.
    • Low Maintenance: Snowdrops are relatively low maintenance, requiring minimal care once they are established in an appropriate site.
    • Naturalizing: Snowdrops can spread over time, naturally filling garden spaces and creating a beautiful, effortless ground cover.
    • Resilience: These plants are cold hardy and can survive in harsh winter climates, making them a reliable choice for many gardens.
    • Symbolic Significance: Snowdrops often symbolize hope and the arrival of spring, offering an uplifting presence in the landscape.

  • 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 bulbs can be crushed to make a natural glue due to their sticky properties when mixed with water.
    • Galanthus can be used in art projects, where dried flowers are incorporated into pressed flower crafts or botanical illustrations.
    • The sap from Galanthus can be used for the restoration of old paintings, as it can act as a binder for pigments.
    • Galanthus plants can be used in storytelling and fairy gardens to create a whimsical winter scene due to their early blooming.
    • The leaves of Galanthus can be used to create green dyes for textiles, albeit not commonly done due to their small size.
    • Galanthus plants serve as a natural barometer, blooming earlier in mild winters, which can help gardeners predict the weather patterns.
    • These plants can be used as part of a natural pest control strategy in gardens since they are believed to repel certain rodents with their bulb's toxicity.
    • Galanthus flowers can be crystallized with sugar and used as decorative edible elements on desserts, although care should be taken as parts of the plant can be toxic.
    • In photography, the white flowers of Galanthus can be used as natural reflectors to enhance lighting in macro photography.
    • Galanthus plants are used in winter weddings as symbols of hope and purity, and can be included in bridal bouquets and decorations.

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 snow-white petals of Galanthus plicatus, also known as snowdrop, often symbolize purity and innocence due to their clean and unblemished appearance.
    • Hope: Snowdrops are among the first flowers to bloom at the end of winter, signifying hope and the arrival of spring after dark and cold times.
    • Consolation: In Victorian flower language, snowdrops represented consolation or comfort during times of sorrow or in the face of adversity.
    • Resilience: Despite their delicate look, snowdrops are hardy flowers that can push through frozen ground, symbolizing resilience and the ability to overcome challenges.
    • New Beginnings: Their early blooming often represents new beginnings or rebirth, marking the end of one cycle and the start of another.

During active growth, water regularly
500 - 2500 Lux
Every 3-5 years
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    The common snowdrop, including Galanthus plicatus 'Sophie North', demands consistent moisture during the active growing and flowering season, typically in late winter to spring. Water these bulbs when the top inch of soil feels dry, which may mean watering once every week, depending on the climate and weather conditions. An average of about one to two gallons per square yard every two weeks should suffice. It's crucial to avoid over-watering as it can cause the bulbs to rot. Once the foliage begins to yellow and die back after flowering, reduce watering significantly as the plant enters dormancy.

  • sunLight

    Common snowdrops like Galanthus plicatus 'Sophie North' prefer partial shade to full sun, especially appreciating the dappled light found under deciduous trees which allows them to get sunlight in winter and spring before the trees leaf out. They can tolerate more sun in cooler climates but require protection from harsh afternoon sun in warmer areas to prevent foliage from scorching.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Snowdrops, such as Galanthus plicatus 'Sophie North', thrive best in cooler climates and can tolerate winter temperatures as low as 10 degrees Fahrenheit, making them hardy to USDA zones 3 through 8. They prefer a temperature range between 35 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit during their active growth and flowering period. Extreme heat is detrimental to snowdrops, and they may not survive prolonged periods above 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning is not generally required for Galanthus plicatus 'Sophie North', or snowdrops, as they are small, low-maintenance bulbs. It is important, however, to allow the leaves to die back naturally after flowering to ensure that the bulb can nourish itself for the next season. Remove any faded flowers if seed dispersal is not desired, and clean away any debris or damaged foliage to maintain tidiness.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Snowdrop 'Sophie North' thrives best in a soil mix that is rich in organic matter, well-draining, and has a pH range of 6.5 to 7.0. A mixture containing loam, peat moss, and perlite or sand would be ideal to provide the necessary drainage and nutrients.

  • plantRepotting

    Snowdrop 'Sophie North' doesn't typically require frequent repotting as it's comfortable in the same spot for years. It's best to repot these bulbs if they become overcrowded, usually every three to five years.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Snowdrop 'Sophie North' is tolerant of a wide range of humidity levels and does not require any special humidity conditions. It thrives in the natural outdoor humidity levels found in its hardiness zones.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in cool room with indirect light and cool temperatures.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in partial shade, enriched, moist, well-drained soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Galanthus plicatus 'Sophie North', commonly known as the Sophie North snowdrop, begins its life cycle when a seed is sown in fertile, well-draining soil and germinates, usually requiring a cold period to break dormancy. The plant then develops a small bulb which will be the storage organ for nutrients and the basis for future growth. In late winter to early spring, the bulb sends up linear leaves and a single flower stalk, with the flower being white, pendulous, and often showing a distinctive green mark on the inner petals. After flowering, the plant goes through photosynthesis and stores energy in the bulb before the foliage dies back in late spring as the plant enters dormancy. Throughout summer and fall, the Sophie North snowdrop lies dormant underground, conserving energy within its bulb. The cycle repeats as temperatures cool, with the bulb initiating the next year’s growth, often gradually multiplying through both bulb division and seed production.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time


    • Propogation: Galanthus plicatus 'Sophie North', commonly known as the Great Snowdrop, is usually propagated by division, a straightforward process that is best carried out after the plant has finished flowering and the leaves have died back, typically during late spring to early summer. To propagate by division, carefully lift the clump of snowdrops with a garden fork, avoiding any damage to the bulbs. Gently separate the bulbs, making sure that each new section has at least one growing point or shoot. These individual bulbs can then be replanted immediately at the same depth they were growing before, about 3 inches (roughly 7.6 centimeters) deep, and spaced approximately 4 inches (about 10.16 centimeters) apart to give them room to grow. This method is highly effective as it allows the bulbs to establish themselves quickly in their new location, where they will flower in the following season.