James Allen (nurseryman)

James Allen (? – 8 March 1906) was a nurseryman of Shepton Mallet, Somerset, United Kingdom, known principally for his hybridizations of snowdrops and anemones. He is credited with the discovery of Galanthus ×allenii (1883).

Allen spotted Galanthus ×allenii amongst a batch of bulbs that had been imported from the Caucasus. Originally classed as a species, this strongly-scented snowdrop is now thought to be a hybrid. It is described as being "intermediate in appearance between G. caucasicus [now G. elwesii var. monostictus ] and G. ikariae", and may be a natural hybrid between those species.


  • Bulbs, Roger Phillips and Martin Rix, Pan Macmillan (1989) ISBN 0 330 30253 1
  • RHS Plant Finder 2008–2009, Tony Lord (editor), Dorling Kindersley (2008) ISBN 978-1-4053-3190-6

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