Galanthus hybr. 'Early to Rize'
Galanthus 'Early to Rize' comes from the nursery of North Green Snowdrops and was introduced by John Morley. He found this variety in the 90s as a seedling that occurred in the garden spontaneously. Because of the extraordinarily early flowering time before Christmas it was named "Early to Rize". John's play on the word "rise" draws attention to the fact that this hybrid carries rizehensis-blood.
It can actually be assumed that this snowdrop is a hybrid between Galanthus elwesii of the early flowering hiemalis-group and the early flowering Galanthus rizehensis. Another indication of the relationship with Galanthus rizehensis is the shape of the spot on the inner petals, according to Matt Bishop. The best way to see the influence of rizehensis, however, is the width of the leaves: They are held in a silvery green-blue, which is typical for elwesii-foliage, but the individual leaves are alot narrower.
A beautiful snowdrop with fleshy petals, which makes the flower very robust and durable. Flowers usually around Christmas here and doesn't wither before the New Year. At low temperatures and protected location, the flowering period can last for many weeks.