greater snowdrop

Galanthus elwesii (greater snowdrop)​ is an extremely hardy bulb that will begin to bloom as early as mid- to late-winter in the northern midwest. 

Only about 100 of these snowdrops were introduced to the garden in the fall of 2018. In 2019 over 10 thousand were added as a part of Jacqueline van der Kloet’s new spring bulb design. By late winter there are carpets of these found in the Dark Plate. 

This fragrant snowdrop’s flowers are look like elegant art deco lampshades with unique green shapes on the inner white petals. 


Botanical Name Galanthus elwesii
Common Name greater snowdrop
Family Amaryllidaceae
USDA Zone 4 thru 7
Light Requirement Full Sun to Part Shade
Season(s) of interest spring
Height and Spread 6-12in x 3-6in (15-30cm x 7-15cm)
Flower Color White
Attracts Wildlife Attracts Pollinators,
Additional Information Not Native to the US Midwest. Native to Western Turkey
Location in Lurie Garden North Dark Plate, Southeast Dark Plate, Southwest Dark Plate, East Dark Plate

Average Flowering Time