nivalis virescens has
solid green inner perianth segments. The outer
segments have substantial green marks (uniquely for
similar nivalis cultivars) not at the tip but
towards the base. Also the latter are flared
outwards, giving the whole flower an elegant look.
It was once unique as a nivalis cultivar, but there
are newer introductions with more solidly green
inner perianth segments. It is late flowering; at it's
best towards the end of March and sometimes into
April. If it has a fault it is that it is
notoriously slow to increase, and for this reason
remains expensive. But it is worth the effort.
also has a long history. Professor Eduard Frenzl of
Vienna Botanich Gardens grew this clone and gave
bulbs to Max Leichtlin of Baden Baden, In 1879
Leichtlin gave bulbs to Reverend H. Harpur-Crewe and
James Allen (of snowdrop fame). It was awarded a
Preliminary Commendation when it was put before the
Joint Rock Garden Committee by Alan Edwards in 1990.