Probably the best of the species for naturalising in the UK. Possibly a native, possibly introduced
by the Romans during one of their 'invade and get rained on' episodes.
My original stock came from a romantic old orchard in north Cornwall, and as I split it around the garden, I try to keep it away from the
other named cultivars - I get confused enough as the season gets underway, it is quite nice to have areas of snowdrops that avoid controversy and are
There are a small number of woodlands in the area that get carpetted with snowdrops in the spring, and I have a short section of woodland floor under some giant Sycamores
that I would love to do the same with. Unfortunately it is taking a very long time to get established.
The bulbs I put in have formed clumps, but there has been very little spreading between the clumps.
This year I have lifted a few clumps and replanted the individual bulbs a few inches apart in the hope of getting a carpet next year. I have considered buying a big bag of dry bulbs in the autumn but I am worried that I will get some doubles mixed in among them, or get a bag of imported G.elwesii that have been wrongly named. At present I am planning to lift and split a few clumps every year, but I am quite impatient and I might end up taking the chance and buying some more.