Irish wildflowers

Snowdrop, Galanthus nivalis
Photos: near Baltimore, Co.Cork

Galanthus nivalis
Family: Lilaceae

Flowering: Late winter or spring. Perennial bulb. Introduced. Relic of cultivation.

Solitary nodding white flowers, inverted v-shaped green patches on inner tepals.
Two or three narrow flat green leaves are produced by each bulb.
Poor seed production but can form large clumps by bulb division.

Prefers light shade in humus-rich deciduous woodland and river banks. Occasional garden escape or relic of cultivation, mainly recorded from NE Ireland. Sometimes found naturalised in churchyards or near habitation.

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