Plant of the Week: Common Snowdrop

Underneath the Philip A. and Lisa Maria Falcone Flyover, the season’s first bulbs are emerging.

The High Line’s planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980s. Today, the High Line includes more than 300 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees — each chosen for their hardiness, adaptability, diversity, and seasonal variation in color and texture. Some of the species that originally grew on the High Line’s rail bed are reflected in the park landscape today.

This week we share with you one of our gardeners’ current favorites.

Galanthus nivalis, the common snowdrop, also known as February fairmaid, is one of the first signs of spring. Popping up from beneath dried ground cover plants, and even sometimes a layer of snow, these delicate blooms signal that a warmer season is approaching.

Native to Europe, the common snowdrop is a staple of gardens throughout northern Europe and England. The flowers are propagated by bulbs which lay dormant until the late winter when they send up a thin stalk with two blade-like leaves and a single bell-shaped bloom.

Pause on the Philip A. and Lisa Maria Falcone Flyover next time you’re at the High Line. Look down along the mossy forest floor beneath the walkway to catch a glimpse of these delicate flowers, which often grow in thick groups.

WHERE TO SEE THIS PLANT
On the High Line between West 25th and West 27th Streets

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