Galanthus hybr. 'Pieces of Eight'
Galanthus 'Pieces of Eight' is a snowdrop of outstanding quality from the garden of Veronica Cross. The well-known snowdrop enthusiast also created the extraordinarily beautiful variety 'Treasure Island'. Her garden at Lower Hopton Farm is located in the county of Herefordshire in the West Midlands of England.
Veronica Cross passed away in spring 2019. She was known among plant collectors not only for her snowdrops, but also for her peonies.
Galanthus 'Pieces of Eight' is a hybrid between Galanthus elwesii and Galanthus plicatus, also known as G. x hybridus.
In terms of flower shape, the variety resembles the very attractive Galanthus plicatus 'Bumblebee'. However, the two plants can easily be distinguished by the leaves.
'Pieces of Eight' is one of several plants with the same parents, all of which have similar flower characteristics and come from the same place in Veronica Cross's garden, which she called "Treasure Island" due to the snowdrops found there. This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful varieties of recent years. The name of this cultivar refers to the Spanish dollar because the original one growth plant had circular markings on the outer petals.