The Latin name coined by Linnaeus means milkflower. Galanthus nivalis was first introduced into England by monks during the mediaeval period. Snowdrops were traditionally used to deck the Lady Altar on the feast of the Purification of the Virgin. Snowdrops like fertile moisture retentive soil and grow best in part shade. I always plant them under hazelnuts. Catkins and snowdrops are for me as inseparable as Raspberries and cream! Snowdrops are sent out in the green in February.
Bulbs are only lifted and despatched in the green between February & March. If you place an order out of this time period your ordered will be processed and the plants despatched during the correct time.
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GALANTHUS (Amaryllidaceae). The Latin name coined by Linnaeus means milkflower. Snowdrops are not native to Britain. They were probably first introduced from Europe by monks during the mediaeval period. G. nivalis is native to Southern and Central Europe. Their flowers were traditionally used for decking the Lady Altar on the feast of the Purification of the Virgin. Galanthus only gained their English name " Snowdrop" in the seventeenth century. Previously they were referred to as " bulbous Violets" . Snowdrops close their flowers at night to encapsulate the daytime warmth; the temperature inside the bell is sometimes as much as two degrees warmer than the surrounding air. Snowdrops for me look best planted under hazel trees. Catkins and snowdrops are for me as inseparable as Raspberries and cream! Snowdrops like a fertile moisture retentive soil and grow best in part shade.
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