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Galanthus plicatus ssp. byzantinus "Joe Sharman" is the only virescent variety of the subspecies. It was recently (as of 2020) discovered by the namesake Galantophile. Preliminary reports indicate it is a vigorous snowdrop. In any case, its beauty is in doubt by only few plant-lovers.
Ronald Mackenzie is a yellow-flowered G. gracilis, the first of its kind. It is the namesake snowdrop of Dr. Ronald Mackenzie, a famous British general practioner, as well as a pioneer of snowdrop propagation through twin scaling and chipping. Through his “the Snowdrop Company” many varieties were spread to an even wider audience of
A frequently asked question is which plants to plant besides snowdrop. There are limited choices available at the early season in comparison to later in the year, but plenty of options are still available.Plants often planted with snowdrops are: crocuses, tête-à-tête daffodils, cyclamen (also with autumn snowdrops), pansies/violets and of course
Lady Beatrix Stanley is a good growing double snowdrop. It mostly likely derived from a cross between a G. elwesii with a G. nivalis Flore Pleno. On the inner perianths, the flower only shows two small green dots. The plant made its first appearance in the 1950s.
Galanthus plicatus Ilse Bilse was introduced by Hagen Engelmann. It's name derives from a German nursery rhyme. The snowdrop has a green ovary, with double yellow inner markings. The rhyme goes: Ilse Bilse, niemand willse.Kam der Koch,nahm sie doch,steckt sie in das Ofenloch. Ilse Bilse,noone wants her,Came the cook,took her along,stuck her into
Fotini is a rare virescent G. reginae-olgae subsp. reginae-olgae, an autumn snowdrop.The name originates from ancient Greek, meaning the enlightened. The first plant of its kind was found by Melvyn Jope.G. reginae-olgae subsp. reginae-olgae ‘Fotini’. Photograph by Cyril Thibo, posted with permission.
Corrie Mckeague is a snowdrop with a special history. It is known as an early G. elwesii monostictus with large flowers, broad outer perianths and a long flowering period. A nice final touch are the green tips on the outer perianths. The variety originates from the hand of nurseryman Joe Sharman.Named for Corrie Mckeague, who mysteriously
Belvedere Gold, is a G. x valentinei snowdrop originally found in the garden of Gisela Schmiemann in Cologne. It is known as a well-growing ‘drop, with a beautiful yellow ovary and yellow inner mark.G. x valentinei Belvedere Gold in the garden of Cyril Thibo. Posted with permission.
“Autumn snow” is the first (almost) poculiform G. reginae-olgae subsp. reginae-olgae , i.e. having inner perianths resembling the outer perianths in size and appearance. It is beautifully white and flowers around October.“Autumn snow” by Cyril Thibo. Posted with permission. “Autumn snow” by Cyril Thibo. Posted with permission.
The virescent cultivar Morgana was found by the plantsman Simon Savage in a cemetery in around 2005. It is a G. elwesii of considerable size. Many galantophiles consider it to be one of the best green snowdrops.Galanthus elwesii ‘Morgana’ by Cyril Thibo. Posted with permission.Flete Walled Gardens. Morgana. Facebook.