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Varieties in the Shaftesbury Snowdrops Heritage Collection

The Shaftesbury Snowdrops Heritage Collection contains examples of rare and unusual Galanthus species and cultivars. Those that are in flower during the Shaftesbury Snowdrop Festival each February are displayed in the grounds of Shaftesbury Abbey. We welcome you to join us to view this growing collection.

Galanthus Species and their Cultivars

Galanthus elwesii
Sponsored by B V Dairy, 2014
Discovered by Henry John Elwes on a visit to Turkey in 1874, this is sometimes called the Greater snowdrop.
Galanthus elwesii var. monostictus
Donated by Charlie Turnbull, 2014
Has a single sinus mark on the inner petals.
Galanthus elwesii ‘Elmley Lovett’
Donated by the Thick family, 2014
A medium sized plant with a clear x mark on the inner petals.
Galanthus elwesii 'Godfrey Owen'
Donated by Anne C. Repnow, Germany, 2015
A small snowdrop with fully regular six petalled flowers.
Galanthus elwesii ‘Green Brush’
Donated by Cherry Thick, 2015
Galanthus elwesii 'Grumpy'
Donated by Emma Thick, 2014
Has face like markings on the inner segments.
Galanthus elwesii 'Kyre Park'
Donated by Andrew & Hannah Thorp, Andrew's Snowdrops, 2015
Galanthus elwesii 'Long 'drop'
Donated by Andrew & Hannah Thorp, Andrew's Snowdrops, 2015
Galanthus elwesii 'Mrs McNamara'
Donated by Emma Thick, 2015
A tall plant with well-developed narrow glaucous foliage.
Galanthus elwesii 'Penelope Ann'
Donated by Melvyn Jope, 2015
Galanthus elwesii 'Peter Gatehouse'
Donated by Andrew & Hannah Thorp, Andrew's Snowdrops, 2015

Galanthus nivalis
Naturalised in the grounds of the Shaftesbury Abbey Museum, Date unknown. The most common species of snowdrop to be found in the British Isles, and hence often referred to as ‘the common snowdrop’.
Galanthus nivalis ‘Anglesey Abbey’
Donated by Andrew & Hannah Thorp, Andrew's Snowdrops, 2015
Galanthus nivalis ‘Blewbury Tart’
Donated by the Thick family, 2014
Has outward facing flowers which resemble little green tartlets.
Galanthus nivalis ‘Cornwood’
Donated by Richard Bashford & Val Bexley, Woodchippings, 2014
An early flowering green tipped snowdrop.
Galanthus nivalis 'Doncaster Double Sharlockii'
Donated by Angela Whinfield, Snape Cottage, 2015
Galanthus nivalis 'Elfin'
Donated by Angela Whinfield, Snape Cottage, 2015
Galanthus nivalis ‘Flore Pleno’
Anonymous donation, 2014
The common double form of Galanthus nivalis.
Galanthus nivalis 'Gloucester Old Spot'
Donated by Angela Whinfield, Snape Cottage, 2015
Galanthus nivalis ‘Lady Elphinstone’
Donated by Angela Whinfield, Snape Cottage, 2013
A double snowdrop with yellow markings on the inner petals.
Galanthus nivalis ‘Viridapice’
Donated by Brian & Jennifer Harding, 2014
A large flower with green markings on the tips of the outer petals.

Galanthus peshmenii Kastellorizo form
Donated by Ian Robertson, 2014
An early variety flowering in September and October with the flowering scapes being produced before the leaves.

Galanthus plicatus
Donated by Pam & Ross Cruickshank, 2014
Sometimes called the Crimean Snowdrop, Galanthus plicatus is indigenous to coastal areas near the Black Sea, including Crimea.
Galanthus plicatus 'Barbara's Double'
Donated by Richard Bashford & Val Bexley, Woodchippings,2015 Also donated by Angela Whinfield, Snape Cottage, 2015

Galanthus plicatus ‘Sally Passmore’
Donated by Richard Bashford & Val Bexley, Woodchippings, 2015
Galanthus plicatus 'Three Ships'
Promised to the collection by Anne C. Repnow, Germany
Unusually early flowering, often in flower by Christmas Day.

Galanthus reginae olgae ‘Tilebarn Jamie’
Donated by Ian Robertson, 2014
An early flowering snowdrop, often in mid-October.

Galanthus woronowii
Sponsored by B V Dairy, 2014
A snowdrop native to Turkey, Russia and Georgia. Named in honour of the Russian botanist Georg Woronow.

Hybrid Cultivars

Galanthus ‘Ailwyn’
Promised to the collection by Anne C. Repnow, Germany
A double snowdrop with slightly expanded ends.

Galanthus ‘Atkinsii’
Donated by Richard Bashford & Val Bexley, Woodchippings, 2014
Has distinctive long petals that look like drop-pearl earrings.

Galanthus ‘Aurelia’
Donated by Richard Bashford & Val Bexley, Woodchippings, 2015

Galanthus ‘Caroline Elwes’
Donated by Richard Bashford & Val Bexley, Woodchippings, 2015

Galanthus ‘Compton Court’
Donated by Andrew & Hannah Thorp, Andrew's Snowdrops, 2015

Galanthus ‘Cottisford’
Donated by Richard Bashford & Val Bexley, Woodchippings, 2015

Galanthus 'David Baker'
Donated by Emma Thick, 2014
Donated by Andrew & Hannah Thorp, Andrew's Snowdrops, 2015
Pagoda shaped flowers with green markings on the outer petals.

Galanthus ‘Ding Dong’
Donated by Pam & Ross Cruickshank, 2014
Has a distinctive long, olive-green ovary.

Galanthus 'Dionysus'
Donated by Ian Robertson, 2015
The only double that can show a long arching pedicel.

Galanthus ‘Galatea’
Donated by Gary Jefferson & Philip Proctor, 2014
A large and well-formed snowdrop with narrow grey-green leaves.

Galanthus ‘Green Man’
Donated by Pam & Ross Cruickshank, 2014
Has a bold X-shaped marking on the inner petals.

Galanthus ‘Hill Poë’
Donated by Ben & Philip Drew, 2014
A double with inner segments that form a neat rosette.

Galanthus ‘Imbolc’
Donated by Pam & Ross Cruickshank, 2014
Has separate basal marks usually found on the inner segments.

Galanthus 'John Gray'
Donated by Anne C. Repnow, Germany, 2015
The large flowers have distinctive apple green inner petals.

Galanthus ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’
Donated by Andrew & Hannah Thorp, Andrew's Snowdrops, 2015

Galanthus ‘Magnet’
Donated by Brian & Jennifer Harding, 2014
Well known for its long pedicel.

Galanthus ‘Merlin’
Donated by George Punchard, 2014
One of the best known cultivars with all-green inner segments.

Galanthus ‘Neill Fraser’
Donated by George Punchard, 2014
A slim snowdrop of medium height.

Galanthus ‘Peg Sharples’
Donated by Andrew & Hannah Thorp, Andrew's Snowdrops, 2015

Galanthus ‘Pride o’ the Mill’
Donated by Andrew & Hannah Thorp, Andrew's Snowdrops, 2015

Galanthus ‘Rodmarton’
Donated by the Thick family, 2014
One of the tallest double hybrids, and earliest to flower.

Galanthus ‘S Arnott’
Donated by Su & Anthony Cuff, Ray & Christine Humphries, Jan Scott, 2014
A large snowdrop that has a sweet honey scent.

Galanthus 'Sentinel'
Donated by Chas Whight, Scottish Rock Garden Club, 2015

Galanthus ‘Scharlockii’
Purchased by the collection, 2014
Has a distinctive large spathe that is split into two.

Galanthus 'Selina Cords'
Donated by Anne C. Repnow, Germany, 2015

Galanthus ‘Spindlestone Surprise’
Donated by the Thick family, 2014
A strong and vigorous yellow hybrid.

Galanthus ‘St Anne’s’
Donated by Andrew & Hannah Thorp, Andrew's Snowdrops, 2015

Galanthus ‘St Pancras’
Donated by Richard Bashford & Val Bexley, Woodchippings, 2015

Galanthus ‘Sutton Court’
Donated by Andrew & Hannah Thorp, Andrew's Snowdrops, 2015

Galanthus ‘Washfield Colesbourne’
Donated by Andrew & Hannah Thorp, Andrew's Snowdrops, 2015

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