When do snowdrops flower in the UK?

by Russ on January 12, 2013

The single dangling heads of the snowdrop flowers can be seen from January to April.The dangling white flower of the snowdrop is an instantly recognisable spring sight in gardens, parks and woodland right across the UK. From January to April these plants emerge from the frozen soil and come into flower. This year, there have been some reports that snowdrops  have started sprouting as early as late December due to the milder winter of 2012. Because they are one of the earliest flowering plants to bloom in Britain, snowdrops are often considered a sign of warmer weather ahead and bring the promise of spring.

Although considered a British plant it is possible that our snowdrop is in fact not native at all, as no known record of the species exists here before the late 1700s. This could mean that snowdrops were brought over from the continent  either by accident or for ornamental planting. Whatever the reason, they have since established themselves as one of our most recognised spring flowers with whole festivals being dedicated to them.

Snowdrops grow from large bulbs underground, forming small clumps of white flowers.Snowdrops can often be found in clumps because just like daffodils and bluebells, snowdrops grow from bulbs. Because of the lack of pollinating insects at the start of the year, the main way snowdrops reproduce is bulb division where a new bulb will grow from an old one. Due to this successful reproduction strategy, snowdrop bulbs can be readily bought to add a bit of life to your winter garden.

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Matt Davies January 14, 2013 at 7:27 pm

No sign of snowdrop flowers yet in my garden but the daffodil shoots are well on their way already!


Tom January 8, 2014 at 9:46 pm

Snowdrops now flowering in Swindon Wilts


Gina January 9, 2014 at 8:07 pm

Mine are nearly out!! I am in Norfolk.


Fiona January 20, 2014 at 5:03 pm

Snowdrops out in full flower and Daffie shoots well up too here in Melrose Scottish Borders!


Paul April 27, 2015 at 1:15 pm

I need help with snow drops. The plants are healthy looking but no flowers, any advice pl,s Paul


john . December 6, 2015 at 12:49 pm

my first snowbrop popped its lovley flower yesterday i have waited 2 years for this BIG moment.


Si February 7, 2016 at 10:59 am

Snowdrops in selby now loads


Georgina Mccusker February 5, 2017 at 9:41 pm

Snow drop out in full bloom Hawick Scotland


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