Snowdrop Galanthus 'Trymming'

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


The plant known as snowdrop 'Trymming' features a delicate and graceful structure, typically characterized by its white, bell-shaped flowers. Each flower is comprised of three outer petals that curve elegantly outward and three inner petals that are shorter and often have a green mark at their tips. The nodding flowers give it a look of gentle poise, as they hang from their stems, which rise above a tuft of slender, linear leaves. The foliage of snowdrops is a fresh, bright green, providing an excellent backdrop for the white blossoms that appear in the late winter to early spring, offering a contrast to the often dull colors of the season. The plant bears a sense of pristine simplicity and is associated with the rebirth of nature after the cold, barren winter months.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Snowdrop, Common Snowdrop

    • Common names

      Galanthus 'Trymming'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The plant known commonly as Snowdrop has certain chemical compounds that can be toxic if ingested by humans. All parts of the Snowdrop contain these toxic substances, including alkaloids such as galantamine. If a person consumes any part of the Snowdrop, they could experience symptoms like nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, and abdominal pain. In severe cases, ingestion can lead to more serious neurological symptoms, and it would require immediate medical attention.

    • To pets

      Snowdrop is also toxic to pets. Similar to their effects on humans, all parts of the Snowdrop are poisonous to animals if ingested. The alkaloids, especially galantamine, can lead to symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, lethargy, and incoordination in pets. In severe cases, seizures and cardiac abnormalities might occur. If you suspect that your pet has ingested Snowdrop, it is important to seek veterinary care immediately.

  • 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

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Galanthus 'Trymming', commonly known as snowdrop, has delicate white flowers that add beauty to gardens during late winter and early spring when few other plants are in bloom.
    • Early Bloomer: Snowdrops are among the first flowers to bloom, often emerging through snow, and providing a sign of the coming spring.
    • Pollinator Support: They provide an early source of nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinators, which is crucial as food sources are scarce in late winter.
    • Low Maintenance: Snowdrops are hardy plants that require minimal care once established, making them a good choice for both beginners and experienced gardeners.
    • Naturalizing: They can spread over time to create natural-looking drifts, enhancing woodland gardens or naturalized areas.
    • Cold Resistance: Snowdrops are well-suited to cold climates, with the ability to withstand frost and snow cover.
    • Companion Planting: They work well when planted under deciduous trees and shrubs, as their flowering time coincides with the period before these larger plants develop their leaves.

  • 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

    • Artistic inspiration: The delicate appearance of snowdrops, like Galanthus 'Trymming', can inspire artists, illustrators and photographers, leading to their integration in various artistic works such as paintings, drawings, and fine art photography.
    • Education and research: Snowdrops can be used as a subject of study in botany and horticulture programs, helping students and scientists learn about bulb propagation, flowering cycles, and plant genetics.
    • Bee forage: Snowdrops provide a valuable source of nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinators when they bloom in late winter to early spring, a time when few other floral resources are available.
    • Symbolic gifts: Being one of the first flowers to bloom at the end of winter, snowdrops symbolize hope and the arrival of spring, making them a thoughtful gift for new beginnings or to lift someone's spirit during the colder months.
    • Culinary decoration: The flowers of Galanthus 'Trymming' can be used as delicate garnishes for cakes, pastries, and other desserts, although they are not edible and must be removed before consumption.
    • Natural dye: Although not commonly used, the green markings on the petals of some Galanthus species can potentially be used to derive a natural green dye for fabrics or craft projects.
    • Garden design: Snowdrops are often used in garden design to create 'naturalized' landscapes, where they appear to grow wild, particularly in woodland settings or under deciduous trees.
    • Weather indication: Because snowdrops bloom in late winter, their presence is sometimes used by gardeners as a phenological indication that temperatures are beginning to rise, signaling the time to begin certain gardening activities.
    • Eco-tourism: Areas where snowdrops naturalize extensively can become eco-tourism attractions, with visitors coming specifically to see these carpets of flowers in their natural environment.
    • Winter festivals: The appearance of snowdrops can be celebrated in festivals and garden tours, such as during the UK's National Snowdrop Week, inviting community engagement and appreciation of this early blooming plant.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    Snowdrop is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    Snowdrop is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Hope: Galanthus, commonly known as Snowdrop, often symbolizes hope because it is one of the first flowers to bloom at the end of winter, signifying the coming of spring.
    • Purity: The snowdrop's white color is frequently associated with purity and innocence.
    • Consolation: Snowdrops have also been known to represent consolation or comfort, possibly because they appear when the weather is still cold and dreary, bringing a glimmer of life and beauty.
    • New Beginnings: Due to their early appearance in the year, snowdrops are often seen as symbols of new beginnings and rejuvenation.

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

    Snowdrops, such as Galanthus 'Trymming', should be watered during their active growth period in the fall and early spring. They prefer soil that is moist but not waterlogged. During these active growth periods, you should water them once a week, providing about 1 inch of water each time. It's crucial to reduce watering after the foliage begins to die back in late spring or early summer. Overwatering during dormancy can lead to bulb rot. Since they are relatively small bulbs, a total of approximately half a gallon over the course of a month should suffice for a small cluster of snowdrops during their growth period.

  • sunLight

    Snowdrops like Galanthus 'Trymming' thrive in partial to full shade environments. They are well-suited for dappled light conditions beneath deciduous trees or shrubs, where they receive sunlight in the early spring before the trees fully leaf out. However, they can also tolerate full sun in the winter to early spring. Avoid placing them in areas with harsh, direct afternoon sunlight, especially in warmer climates as it can stress the plants.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Snowdrops, including Galanthus 'Trymming', are hardy and can tolerate a wide range of temperatures. They are capable of withstanding winter lows down to -4°F, making them suitable for many temperate climates. The ideal growing temperature for snowdrops is between 35°F and 55°F. They begin to emerge often while snow is still on the ground, hence their common name, and they can survive late spring frosts without damage.

  • scissorsPruning

    Snowdrops like Galanthus 'Trymming' require little to no pruning. After flowering, it is important to allow the leaves to remain in place until they yellow and wither, typically about six weeks after flowering. This allows the plant to photosynthesize and store energy in the bulbs for next year's growth. Pruning the foliage before it has naturally died back can weaken the bulbs. The only pruning needed is the removal of spent flower stems, which can be done immediately after the blooms fade.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Snowdrops, including Galanthus 'Trymming', thrive in a soil mix that is well-draining and rich in organic matter. A good mix can be made of loam, leaf mold, and compost with a pH between 6.5 and 7.5.

  • plantRepotting

    Snowdrops like Galanthus 'Trymming' are usually not repotted often as they are bulbs, but they can be divided and replanted after several years if clumps become too dense.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Snowdrops (Galanthus 'Trymming') prefer outdoor conditions and are tolerant of a wide range of humidity levels, not requiring specific humidity in gardens.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in cool, bright area, with moist soil.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in well-drained soil, partial shade to full sun.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-9 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Galanthus 'Trym', commonly known as Trym Snowdrop, begins its life cycle when the bulb, which has been dormant underground during the summer, initiates growth in autumn. The plant then emerges through the soil in late winter to early spring, producing narrow, lanceolate leaves and a single, nodding white flower marked with green, distinctive for its inverted heart-shaped mark on the inner petals. After flowering, the plant undergoes pollination, often by bees, leading to the development of a seed capsule if fertilization is successful. Once the seeds mature, they are typically dispersed by ants, a dispersal strategy known as myrmecochory. The foliage dies back in late spring as the plant enters a period of dormancy, replenishing and conserving its energy within the bulb for the next growing season. The cycle repeats annually with the bulb growing larger and potentially dividing to form new bulbs, thereby propagating the plant.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Late spring

    • The most popular method for propagating the plant commonly known as the snowdrop 'Trym', specifically Galanthus 'Trymming', involves dividing its bulbs. Division is typically done in the spring after the snowdrops have finished flowering and the leaves start to yellow, signaling that they are entering dormancy. To propagate by division, carefully dig up the clumps of snowdrops and gently separate the bulbs, making sure each division has at least one growing point, which is where the new shoots will emerge. These separated bulbs can then be replanted immediately at a depth of about 3 inches (roughly 7.5 centimeters) into well-drained soil with some added organic matter. It is important to water these newly planted bulbs well to help them establish. Over time, these bulbs will mature and multiply, creating new clumps that can be divided again to propagate further.