Snowdrops - Species

Diane Whitehead
Thu, 21 Jan 2010 18:03:33 PST

In what part of the U.S. do you live?

Here on the Pacific coast of Canada, we can buy pots of snowdrops in  
flower from grocery stores and garden centres.  The commonest species  
sold is elwesii, which grows well here, but sometimes nivalis and  
woronowii are sold as well. The bulbs are brought in from the  
Netherlands in bulk and potted up, four to a pot, then sold in flower  
for about $3 a pot.

Every year at this time, I search for unusual ones.  Earlier this week  
I scrutinized a few hundred pots, but bought only nine.  One has pale  
yellow leaves, one very round petals, one very long narrow petals, and  
so on.  Lots of fun.

Apparently this bonanza is not available in the Eastern U.S., but  
perhaps it is in the West.  Maybe in Oregon?

Other species I have grown from seed - artjushenkoae, caucasicus,  
fosteri, ikariae ssp snogerupii, plicatus, reginae-olgae.  One  
supplier is Vlastimil Pilous      He sent out  
his latest list in December, and his seeds have just arrived in Canada  
today.   If you do order seeds, you will need a small seedlot permit  
to import seeds into the U.S.

Diane Whitehead
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
maritime zone 8, cool Mediterranean climate
mild rainy winters, mild dry summers

On 21-Jan-10, at 5:35 PM, kevin inkawhich wrote:

> I knew it would be difficult. So, if anyone knows any galanthus
> pioneers in these parts, I would appreciate it.

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