Five fun facts about Snowdrops for a Friday in Feb

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

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.

  1. You can buy a Galanthus plicatus ‘Golden Fleece’ snowdrop on ebay for £1,390 (+£4 P&P) 
  2. 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.
  3. Rare snowdrop varieties are not usually easy to propagate, hence the hefty price tag per bulb!
  4. Snowdrops were named after earrings not drops of snow.*
  5. 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.

Click here to view our Snowdrop Gardens



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