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a question for the Galanthophiles.

This is a large leafed at least 1 cm wide and about 6" tall greyish snowdrop. the flower is big. Any idea which one it is? It was in the garden when we moved in 14yrs ago. It hasnt increased much at all 3 flowers now 7.
The inside of the flower is green almost all the way up the length. couldnt hold it and take its picture.



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Goy member Bjs is quite 'up' on these, you could try sending him a PM Seaburn :-)

20 Feb, 2010

 

If you go to Goypeadia snowdrop page there are loads of pics you may be able to match with yours. My guess would be Galanthus S. Arnott ? or possible G Ketton?

20 Feb, 2010

 

a neighbour thought s.arnott but as he said its the only big one he knew.

20 Feb, 2010

 

Just looked them up and dont think its either of them , so thanks Drc. The inner petals of mine is largely green.

20 Feb, 2010

 

Anothergalanthophile is the man you want.

20 Feb, 2010

 

Galanthus Brenda Troyle is very rounded and heavily marked?
Galanthus John Gray is also rounded but is arched ?

20 Feb, 2010

 

Not Brenda Troyle, ahe is not as green as that. Well at least the one I have is not!

21 Feb, 2010

 

Last weeks on the radio I heard a snippet about snowdrops, a man-- i think-- had developed many varieties all slightly different and named them after shakeperian characters!-- no help I know but fascinating :)

21 Feb, 2010

 

Yes I had a good look at Brenda T. not enough green on her for this one.

21 Feb, 2010

 

If the leaves are sort of rolled over at the edges then it could be G. plicatus
Or it could also be G. elwesii.
If the green does not go quite all the way up then it could be G. ikariae.
But if you start looking at Galnthus named forms etc. then you are into a huge number of possibilities.

21 Feb, 2010

 

It may well be a plant that is a cross between two others and ended up growing in your garden, so therefore unknown and named.

21 Feb, 2010

 

Hi SBG, I'm going with Owdboggy's suggestions of Galanthus plicatus or elwessi, especially with the wide leaves. From what I can see from the pictures the edges of the leaves are not rolled over, so my first choice would be elwessii. However with either of these I'm surprised it hasn't bulked up more in 14 years. I have to state that I am no expert but hope this may be of some help to you

21 Feb, 2010

 

thanks for the info.

21 Feb, 2010

 

checked elwesii and it has a separate green bit before the rest of the green. mine has a solid block of green.

21 Feb, 2010

 

This looks like a very nicely marked elwesii. Getting to a named form is particularly difficult with this species and unless it was obtained as a named form it is probably just plain elwessi but variation in this form is quite spectacular! There are about 600 types of snowdrops so tracking it down is very difficult. But it is a lovely plant whatever it is. It might be worth digging it up when it has gone dormant just to separate the bulbs and give it more room to grow then you'll get more flowers. I grow lots of snowdrops but elwessi for me is also reluctant to stay and flower well for some reason. You could post the picture on the Galanthus forum of the Scottish Rock Garden Club as there are some very knowledgeable people on there.

17 Mar, 2010

 

Thanks Galanthophile.

I am just really pleased to identify it as G. elwesii. I may risk lifting it but i have so many plants all over the garden paths/nooks and crannies that I am worried i might 'lose' it.

Do I need to feed them and if so what with? I will also clear some of the other plants away from them as I tend to have 2 or 3 other plants growing in succession, to the side of them. This area also gets very dry, should I water more freely?

Thanks again :o)

17 Mar, 2010

 

Hi SBG. My experience is that galanthus don't need constant moisture and quite like to dry out in the summer, so I wouldn't water, the rain should be enough. I don't know about feeding snowdrops in the garden, I give mine in pots some potash once the flowers start to fade though.

17 Mar, 2010

 

and going by the forecast I dont suppose that will be a problem. :o)

17 Mar, 2010

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