This snowdrop is usually the first to flower in the autumn, but surprisingly, this year, 2007, none of my reginae-olgae flowered before November, irrespective of whether they were in the garden or in the greenhouse. This snowdrop is usually in full flower before the leaves appear or just as the leaves are emerging. When the leaves do appear they are a matt dark green with a greyish central stripe.
The flower shape, size and green markings are very variable in this species. Although tolerant of the cold they prefer a warm, sunny position, preferably one which retains some moisture in the summer.
A form from Sicily