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Galanthus elwesii 'Godfrey Owen' AGM

Galanthus elwesii 'Godfrey Owen' AGM


It often seems to happen with snowdrops and doubtless other plants too, that the appearance of a completely new variant in one location is followed soon after by the discovery of similar variants elsewhere. ‘Godfrey Owen’, named for the late husband of its finder, Margaret Owen, stands as a notable exception to this. Its floral formation, which may be described a 6x6, allowing for the slight crowding of the inner segments due to restrictions of space, is radially symmetric. The reduced marking on the inner segments is fairly superfluous to the overall effect of a clump, in which the flowers widely open when fully developed, is of a series of six-pointed stars hovering above the foliage. This exceptional cultivar is all the more valuable for its appearance early in the season, here in Devon, by mid-January.

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