Authentic Wisconsin.  Snowdrop - Galanthus nivalis


Snowdrops in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive and the bike path entrance to the Oak Savanna on March 15, 2012.

Above: Snowdrops in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive and the bike path entrance to the Oak Savanna (3/15/12).


Common Snowdrop - Galanthus nivalis (Early spring bloomer)

A true harbinger of spring, Snowdrops are a member of the Amaryllis family and comprise a small genus (Galanthus) with about 20 species.

The Snowdrop comes by its name honestly because of its white flowers and its ability to push through the snow. That's why in Europe they are sometimes referred to as snow piercers.

The Galanthus name means "milk flower" and nivalis means "of the snow."

Alfred Lord Tennyson referred to the Snowdrop as the "Solitary firstling". (see poem below)

It is a garden escapee and has naturalized in parts of eastern North America including parts of Wisconsin.

Snowdrops typically bloom in March into early April in Wisconsin.

Snowdrops in UW Arboretum at edge of Longenecker Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin on March 26, 2019.

Snowdrops in UW Arboretum at edge of Longenecker Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin on March 26, 2019.

Above: Snowdrops in UW Arboretum at edge of Longenecker Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin on March 26, 2019.



The Snowdrop
by Alfred Lord Tennyson

Many, many welcomes,
February fair-maid,
Ever as of old time,
Solitary firstling,
Coming in the cold time,
Prophet of the gay time,
Prophet of the May time,
Prophet of the roses,
Many, many welcomes,
February fair-maid!


For more information on Snowdrop, visit Wikipedia.

Or, visit the UW-Madison Wisconsin Master Gardener website page on Snowdrops.


Snowdrops in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive in Madison, Wisconsin on  April 2, 2020.
Snowdrops in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive in Madison, Wisconsin on  April 5, 2020.
Snowdrops in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive in Madison, Wisconsin on  April 2, 2020.
Snowdrops in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive in Madison, Wisconsin on  April 1, 2020.
Snowdrops in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive in Madison, Wisconsin on  April 2, 2020.
Snowdrops in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive in Madison, Wisconsin on  April 2, 2020.
Snowdrops in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive in Madison, Wisconsin on  April 1, 2020.
Snowdrops in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive in Madison, Wisconsin on  April 1, 2020.
Snowdrops in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive in Madison, Wisconsin on March 30, 2020.
Snowdrops in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive in Madison, Wisconsin on March 30, 2020.
Snowdrops in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive in Madison, Wisconsin on March 30, 2020.
Snowdrops in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive in Madison, Wisconsin on March 30, 2020.
Snowdrops in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive in Madison, Wisconsin on March 30, 2020.
Snowdrops in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive in Madison, Wisconsin on April 1, 2020.
Snowdrops in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive in Madison, Wisconsin on March 26, 2020.
Snowdrops in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive in Madison, Wisconsin on March 25, 2020.
Snowdrops in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive in Madison, Wisconsin on March 20, 2020.
Snowdrops in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive in Madison, Wisconsin on March 20, 2020.
Snowdrops in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive in Madison, Wisconsin on March 15, 2020, 2020.
Snowdrops in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive in Madison, Wisconsin on March 15, 2020.
Snowdrops in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive in Madison, Wisconsin on March 14, 2020.
Snowdrops emerging in Madison Wisconsin along Arbor Drive on March 5, 2021..
Snowdrops emerging in Madison Wisconsin along Arbor Drive on March 5, 2021.
Snowdrops emerging in Madison Wisconsin along Arbor Drive on March 5, 2021.
Snowdrops emerging in Madison Wisconsin along Arbor Drive on March 5, 2021..
Snowdrops emerging in Madison Wisconsin along Arbor Drive on March 5, 2021.
Snowdrops emerging in Madison Wisconsin along Arbor Drive on March 5, 2021.
Snowdrops emerging in Madison Wisconsin along Arbor Drive on March 5, 2021.
Snowdrops emerging in Madison Wisconsin along Arbor Drive on March 5, 2021.
Snowdrops emerging in Madison Wisconsin along Arbor Drive on March 7, 2021.
Snowdrops emerging in Madison Wisconsin along Arbor Drive on March 7, 2021.
Snowdrops emerging in Madison Wisconsin along Arbor Drive on March 7, 2021.
Snowdrops emerging in Madison Wisconsin along Arbor Drive on March 7, 2021.
Snowdrops emerging in Madison Wisconsin along Arbor Drive on March 7, 2021.
Snowdrops emerging in Madison Wisconsin along Arbor Drive on March 7, 2021.
Snowdrops emerging in Madison Wisconsin along Arbor Drive on March 7, 2021.
Snowdrops emerging in Madison Wisconsin along Arbor Drive on March 7, 2021.
Snowdrops emerging in Madison Wisconsin along Arbor Drive on March 8, 2021.
Snowdrops emerging in Madison Wisconsin along Arbor Drive on March 10, 2021.
Snowdrops emerging in Madison Wisconsin along Arbor Drive on March 10, 2021.
Snowdrops emerging in Madison Wisconsin along Arbor Drive on March 10, 2021.
Snowdrops emerging in Madison Wisconsin along Arbor Drive on March 10, 2021.
Snowdrops emerging in Madison Wisconsin along Arbor Drive on March 12, 2021.
Snowdrops emerging in Madison Wisconsin along Arbor Drive on March 12, 2021.
Snowdrops emerging in Madison Wisconsin along Arbor Drive on March 12, 2021.
Snowdrops emerging in Madison Wisconsin along Arbor Drive on March 17, 2021.
Snowdrops emerging in Madison Wisconsin along Arbor Drive on March 17, 2021.
Snowdrops emerging in Madison Wisconsin along Arbor Drive on March1 17, 2021.
Snowdrops emerging in Madison Wisconsin along Arbor Drive on March 18, 2021.
Snowdrops emerging in Madison Wisconsin along Arbor Drive on March 18, 2021.
Snowdrops emerging in Madison Wisconsin along Arbor Drive on March1 18, 2021.
Snowdrops emerging in Madison Wisconsin along Arbor Drive on March 18, 2021.
Snowdrops emerging in Madison Wisconsin along Arbor Drive on March 18, 2021.
Snowdrops emerging in Madison Wisconsin along Arbor Drive on March1 18, 2021.
Snowdrops in the University of Wisconsin Arbortetum Longenecker Gardens in Madison Wisconsin on March  20, 2021.
Snowdrops in the University of Wisconsin Arbortetum Longenecker Gardens in Madison Wisconsin on March  20, 2021.
Snowdrops in the University of Wisconsin Arbortetum Longenecker Gardens in Madison Wisconsin on March  20, 2021.
Snowdrops in the University of Wisconsin Arbortetum Longenecker Gardens in Madison Wisconsin on March  24, 2021.
Snowdrops in the University of Wisconsin Arbortetum Longenecker Gardens in Madison Wisconsin on March  24, 2021.
Snowdrops in the University of Wisconsin Arbortetum Longenecker Gardens in Madison Wisconsin on March  24, 2021.

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Common Snowdrop
Galanthus nivalis


Flower meaning: Consolation or hope


Snowdrop stamens March 21, 2021.

Snowdrop stamens March 21, 2021.


Above: What a Snowdrop would look like if you were the size of an ant looking up (3/21/21)


Snowdrops in the University of Wisconsin Arbortetum Longenecker Gardens in Madison Wisconsin on March  20, 2021.

Snowdrops in the University of Wisconsin Arbortetum Longenecker Gardens in Madison Wisconsin on March  20, 2021.


Above: Snowdrops in the University of Wisconsin Arbortetum Longenecker Gardens in Madison Wisconsin (3/20/21)


Snowdrops emerging through snow in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive and the bike path entrance to the Oak Savanna on March 8, 2021.


Above: Snowdrops emerging through snow in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive and the bike path entrance to the Oak Savanna (3/8/20)


Snowdrops emerging in Madison Wisconsin along Arbor Drive on March 8, 2021.


Above: Snowdrops emerging through snow in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive and the bike path entrance to the Oak Savanna (3/10/21)


Snowdrops in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive and the bike path entrance to the Oak Savanna on March 15, 2020.

Snowdrops in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive and the bike path entrance to the Oak Savanna on March 15, 2020.


Above: Snowdrops in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive and the bike path entrance to the Oak Savanna (3/15/20)


Snowdrops emerging in Madison Wisconsin along Arbor Drive on March 18, 2021.


Above: Snowdrops in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive and the bike path entrance to the Oak Savanna (3/18/21)


Snowdrops in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive and the bike path entrance to the Oak Savanna on March 30, 2020.

Snowdrops in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive and the bike path entrance to the Oak Savanna on March 30, 2020.

Snowdrops in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive and the bike path entrance to the Oak Savanna on March 30, 2020.

Snowdrops in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive and the bike path entrance to the Oak Savanna on March 30, 2020.

Snowdrops in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive and the bike path entrance to the Oak Savanna on March 30, 2020.


Above: Snowdrops in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive and the bike path entrance to the Oak Savanna (3/30/20)


Snowdrops in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive and the bike path entrance to the Oak Savanna on May 20, 2019.


Above: Snowdrops in woods between the Sycamore Tree on Arbor Drive and the bike path entrance to the Oak Savanna. (4/01/19)




Above: A wonderful video from our neighbors just south of us at the Chicago Botanic Garden.


Snowdropspiercing snow cover in Europe.


Above: Galanthus nivalis piercing snow cover in Europe (March 2004).


Snowdrops in the snow.

Snowdrops piercing snow cover.

Snowdrops piercing snow cover.

Snowdrop.

To A Snowdrop
by William Wordsworth

Lone Flower, hemmed in with snows and white as they
But hardier far, once more I see thee bend
Thy forehead, as if fearful to offend,
Like an unbidden guest. Though day by day,
Storms, sallying from the mountain-tops, waylay
The rising sun, and on the plains descend;
Yet art thou welcome, welcome as a friend
Whose zeal outruns his promise! Blue-eyed May
Shall soon behold this border thickly set
With bright jonquils, their odours lavishing
On the soft west-wind and his frolic peers;
Nor will I then thy modest grace forget,
Chaste Snowdrop, venturous harbinger of Spring,
And pensive monitor of fleeting years!


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