Galanthus hybr. 'Ballerina'
Galanthus 'Ballerina' is certainly one of the most beautiful double snowdrops. The reason for this is the regularity in which the inner petals are arranged, as it is the case with no other variety. Furthermore, there are always three outer petals of the same size and shape. This is not always the case with double snowdrops, compare with the double form of Galanthus nivalis, often found under the variety name 'Flore Pleno': their flowers are often a tangled mess of inner and outer petals and all conceivable intermediate forms.
Galanthus 'Ballerina' is a cross between Galanthus nivalis and Galanthus elwesii. It was found in 1991 by English snowdrop expert Phil Cornish at Hatherley Manor, Twigworth, Gloucestershire in southwest England. The manor was built in the 17th century and is surrounded by 37 acres of parkland. Today it is a noble hotel.
Galanthus 'Ballerina' is relatively small in stature and has upright flowers at the beginning of flowering, which later turn to one side or even down to the ground. However, it is not uncommon that some flowers do not fully perform this development and keep their upright position 'till the end.
The variety name "Ballerina" is very well chosen and refers to the rosette of inner petals, reminiscent of the tutu of a ballerina, that multi-layered skirt, which is used in ballet.