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Galanthus 'Magnet'

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My favourite snowdrop. . . Galanthus 'Magnet'

By Richard Todd, Head Gardener, Anglesey Abbey Garden, Cambridge

Why I love Galanthus 'Magnet'

This is an old established Galanthus that is easy to grow. It has an unusually long stalk that allows the flower to dangle at the end of what looks like a fishing line and therefore waves from side to side in the slightest breeze.

From a distance when the petals are fully open on mild days the flowers almost appear to be hovering free from the main plant rather like little white helicopters with the outer petals almost horizontal. When temperatures begin to rise flowers give a sweet honey-like scent.

Plant this in your garden if. . .

Plant anywhere in your garden that has a woodland type feel but do not plant around strong evergreen canopies or in long rampant grass.

Growing tips

  • Adjust the balance of light reaching the plants as necessary by dividing regularly
  •  Plant other varieties of snowdrop close by to encourage cross pollination

Where can you see Galanthus 'Magnet'

See this snowdrop in the Winter Garden at Anglesey Abbey and in various other places throughout the garden.

Snowdrop open days in 2011: Daily from 24 January to 27 February 10.30am - 4.30pm. See the Anglesey Abbey website for further information.

Vital statistics

Vital statistics

Name: Galanthus 'Magnet'
Common name: snowdrop
Height: 22cm (8 1/2in) tall
Hardiness: fully
Period of interest: late January to end of February
Soil type: most

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