snow·​drop | \ ˈsnō-ˌdräp How to pronounce snowdrop (audio) \

Definition of snowdrop

: a bulbous European herb (Galanthus nivalis) of the amaryllis family bearing nodding white flowers that often appear while the snow is on the ground

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Consider Scillas, Squills, grape hyacinths and Galantuhus or snowdrops. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "It’s almost time to plant spring bulbs: Tulips, daffodils and ... garlic?," 15 Aug. 2019 Other perennials, bulbs and ground covers: Bleeding heart (Lamprocapnos spectabilis); sweet woodruff (Galium odoratum); snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis); hellebore (Helleborus); barrenwort (Epimedium); daylily (Hemerocallis); daffodil (Narcissus). Beth Botts,, "Many plants die when grown near black walnut trees. These are the ones that survive.," 20 June 2018 Her garden, with her childhood home in the middle of it, is a place of native azaleas and beech trees, of snowdrops and water oaks. Birmingham Magazine,, "Birmingham magazine's top pop culture picks for April," 17 Apr. 2018 The first flower colors have appeared — the white of snowdrops, the yellow of witch hazel, the electric blue of scilla, the purple of the earliest crocuses. Beth Botts,, "Mind your mulch: Here's how to get your garden ready for the rush of spring," 21 Mar. 2018 Built by John, Second Duke of Montagu, in the 1770s, its colorful parade of snowdrops, crocuses, daffodils, and bluebells stretch from the house to as far as the moat. Michael Milne,, "Beaulieu: Downton Abbey-Style Estate With Something for Everyone," 7 Feb. 2018 Pollinator plants like crocus, primrose and snowdrops will bloom even when snow is on the ground. Dean Fosick, Houston Chronicle, "Winter-blooming plants help bees over winter in your yard," 29 Dec. 2017 And those of us who can’t wait for spring to see flowers are planting winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis) and snowdrops (Galanthus) that pop up right through the snow in late winter — assuming the seasons actually come in the right order, that is. Cathy Rubin,, "Oct. 6-12: In the garden, it's time to…," 3 Oct. 2017 Grape hyacinths, crocus, snowdrops, Siberian squill and bluebells can be grown under deciduous trees. Jeff Lowenfels, Alaska Dispatch News, "Go forth and plant spring bulbs," 15 Sep. 2017

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1664, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of snowdrop

: a small white flower that blooms in early spring

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