Trym Snowdrop Galanthus plicatus 'Trym'

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


Galanthus plicatus 'Trym', commonly known as the snowdrop, showcases a delicate yet striking appearance. The plant bears iconic nodding flowers, each composed of three outer petals that are pure white, resembling a droplet. These outer petals curve gracefully at the edges, contributing to the snowdrop's elegant silhouette. Contrasting dramatically with the outer segments, the inner petals are much shorter and often display a unique green marking that can be shaped like a bridge or a 'V,' adding an intricate touch to the flower's aesthetics. The foliage is also a notable feature, characterized by its glossy green leaves that may exhibit a slight fold or pleat, hence the name 'plicatus,' which hints at the pleated texture. The leaves emerge alongside the flowers or shortly beforehand, creating a fresh backdrop to the blooms. As a herald of spring, Galanthus plicatus 'Trym' offers a subtle yet sophisticated charm in its early-year blooming, providing a breath of life amidst the last vestiges of winter.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Crimean Snowdrop, Trimm's Snowdrop, Plicate Snowdrop

    • Common names

      Galanthus plicatus 'Trym'

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Galanthus plicatus 'Trym' is commonly known as snowdrop. Snowdrops contain alkaloids including galantamine, which can be toxic if ingested by humans. Consumption of any part of the plant may result in symptoms such as gastrointestinal upset (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea), dizziness, and abdominal pain. In severe cases, ingestion could lead to more serious effects such as cardiac or neurological problems.

    • To pets

      The snowdrop is also toxic to pets. Similar to humans, if pets ingest any part of the plant, they can suffer from symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Ingestion of snowdrops can also result in lethargy and more serious complications that may affect the heart or nervous system, necessitating immediate veterinary attention.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      0.5 feet (15 cm)

    • Spread

      0.5 feet (15 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Galanthus plicatus 'Trym', commonly known as Snowdrop 'Trym', possesses delicate, nodding white flowers that herald the arrival of spring and enhance garden beauty.
    • Early Bloomer: As one of the first flowers to bloom in late winter or early spring, Snowdrop 'Trym' can provide color to gardens when other plants are dormant.
    • Wildlife Support: The early flowers offer a vital nectar source for pollinators such as bees emerging from hibernation.
    • Low Maintenance: Snowdrop 'Trym' requires minimal care once established, making it a low-effort choice for gardeners.
    • Naturalizing: This plant has the ability to self-propagate and spread over time, creating natural drifts of white blooms.
    • Ground Cover: With their clumping habit, snowdrops can serve as an effective ground cover, reducing soil erosion and suppressing weeds.
    • Winter Interest: Snowdrop 'Trym' adds visual interest to the winter garden with its distinctive green markings on the inner petals and its resistance to frost.
    • Versatile: Snowdrops are suitable for a range of garden settings, including rock gardens, woodland borders, and containers.
    • Companion Planting: They can be planted alongside other early spring bloomers like crocuses and winter aconites to create a sequential display of flowers.
    • Resilience: Snowdrops are known for their hardiness and ability to withstand cold winter temperatures.

  • 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 plicatus 'Trym', known as the Snowdrop, can be used in perfumery to capture its light, clean fragrance in creating springtime scents.
    • Snowdrop bulbs are sometimes used in educational settings to teach students about bulbous plant growth and dormancy cycles.
    • The flowers can be crystalized and used as an edible decoration on desserts for a touch of elegance due to their delicate appearance.
    • In literature and art, Snowdrops often symbolize purity and the return of happiness, and can be featured in poetry or paintings to convey these themes.
    • As a natural dye, the Snowdrop's petals can be used to produce a yellowish-green color for fabric or paper dyeing.
    • Snowdrops can be a source of inspiration for designers and architects, mimicking its form in jewelry or building designs for their simple and efficient structure.
    • The plant is sometimes used in photography workshops for macro and close-up photography techniques due to its intricate details.
    • Gardeners may use Snowdrops in companion planting, believing that their tendency to deter certain pests benefits other plants.
    • These plants can indicate the health of an ecosystem when observed in the wild, as they are sensitive to environmental changes.
    • Snowdrop festivals, where these flowers are showcased, promote tourism and cultural heritage in areas where they bloom prolifically.

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 Galanthus plicatus 'Trym', more commonly known as Snowdrop, often symbolizes purity because of its crisp, white petals that stand out in the late winter, suggesting innocence and cleanliness.
    • Hope - Snowdrops are some of the first flowers to emerge after winter, representing hope and the promise of new beginnings as they often bloom while snow is still on the ground.
    • Consolation - This flower can serve as a symbol of comfort and consolation, offering solace to those who have experienced loss, due to its resilient nature and appearance during the bare winter months.
    • Renewal - The emergence of snowdrops signifies renewal and the cycle of life, with the annual blossoming representing rebirth and a fresh start.

Every 2 weeks
500 - 2500 Lux
Every 3 years
Early spring
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    For the Snowdrop 'Trym', it's important to maintain evenly moist soil during its active growth period in late winter and spring. While Snowdrops are quite drought-tolerant once established, during this growth phase, they generally require about 1 inch of water per week. This could equate to approximately 0.6 gallons per square yard per week, depending on soil type and weather condition. After blooming, when the leaves start to yellow, watering can be reduced as the plant goes dormant. Overwatering should be avoided to prevent bulb rot.

  • sunLight

    Snowdrop 'Trym' flourishes best in partial shade to full sun. An ideal spot would be underneath deciduous trees which provide filtered sunlight and full sun exposure during the winter and spring before the trees fully leaf out. Snowdrops do not require intense, midday sun and will appreciate some shelter from the hottest part of the day.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Snowdrop 'Trym' is a hardy plant that can tolerate a wide temperature range; however, it thrives in cooler conditions. It can survive in temperatures as low as 10°F and up to around 75°F. The ideal temperature range for this plant is between 35°F and 55°F. Protection from extreme cold or heat may be necessary to ensure plant health.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning is generally not required for Snowdrop 'Trym', as it is a bulbous plant which naturally dies back after flowering. It's important, however, to allow the foliage to die back naturally and not trim it off, as this helps the plant to gather energy for the next season. If any foliage or flowers become damaged or diseased, they can be removed at that time to maintain plant health. Pruning, if needed, should be done after the leaves have yellowed and begun to wither.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Snowdrop 'Trym' thrives in a soil mix that is well-draining and rich in organic matter, with a pH range of 6.5 to 7.5. A mixture of loamy garden soil, compost, and perlite or sand is ideal to facilitate good drainage while retaining adequate moisture.

  • plantRepotting

    Snowdrop 'Trym' typically does not require frequent repotting and can be repotted every 3 to 5 years, or when the clumps become overcrowded. Best repotted immediately after the leaves die back in late spring.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Snowdrop 'Trym' prefers outdoor conditions and thus does not have specific humidity requirements. It is typically acclimated to the natural outdoor humidity in its growing regions.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Snowdrop 'Trym' near a bright window and monitor soil moisture.

    • Outdoor

      Plant Snowdrop 'Trym' in partial shade with well-draining soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Galanthus plicatus 'Trym', commonly known as the Crimean Snowdrop, begins its life cycle with a dormant bulb, often planted in autumn. As winter ends, the bulb initiates growth, culminating in the emergence of narrow, folded leaves and a single flowering stalk bearing a distinct white flower with green markings, typically in late winter to early spring. After flowering, the plant undergoes photosynthesis and stores energy back in the bulb for the next season. The leaves and stem gradually wither and the plant enters a period of dormancy throughout late spring and summer. During its dormant period, the bulb divides to produce offsets, which can lead to clonal colonies of new plants. Yearly cycles of growth, flowering, and dormancy continue, with seed production being rare, as propagation is primarily through bulb division.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Early spring

    • The Galanthus plicatus 'Trym', commonly known as the Greatorex double snowdrop, is typically propagated by division after the foliage has died down, usually in late spring. The bulbs naturally produce offsets that can be carefully detached from the parent bulb. When separating offsets, make sure that each offset has a portion of the basal plate to ensure successful growth. It is important to replant the bulbs at the same depth they were growing before, which is usually about 3 inches (approximately 7.6 centimeters). This method of bulb division helps to ensure genetic consistency and is often preferred for maintaining the unique characteristics of 'Trym'.