Five fun facts about Snowdrops for a Friday in Feb
Snowdrop, Gallanthus, Milk Flower – most garden owners and visitors are comfortable with these terms of phrase, describing the tiny white flowers that make the late winter months slightly less doleful. But a seasoned Galanthophile will be all too aware of these fun and quirky facts about the much-loved Snowdrop plants that are at their best in February, and shown at 100 National Garden Scheme Gardens this month as part of our snowdrop festival.
- You can buy a Galanthus plicatus ‘Golden Fleece’ snowdrop on ebay for £1,390 (+£4 P&P)
- A naturally occurring substance within the plant, called galantamine, is used to help treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, although the bulbs themselves are poisonous.
- Rare snowdrop varieties are not usually easy to propagate, hence the hefty price tag per bulb!
- Snowdrops were named after earrings not drops of snow.*
- There are more than 2,500 varieties of snowdrop**
Visit a National Garden Scheme garden as part of our Snowdrop Festival to see hundreds of different varieties of snowdrops.