Sunday, March 25, 2007

The Third Snowdrop

The third species of snowdrop that we grow in our garden is Galanthus plicatus; to plicate is to fold, referring to the leaves of this species,that are rolled or folded inwards... especially noticeable when the leaves first emerge. This is a large snowdrop, reaching up to a foot tall, and there are two recognized subspecies: ssp. byzantinus from Turkey, has two green markings on the inner petals, and the second subspecies is Galanthus plicatus ssp. plicatus, which has one green mark and is endemic to northern Turkey and the Crimea (our plant is the latter).
We started with a single bulb, and already have a small patch of this vigorous snowdrop, so it will be a keeper.
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