Did you know that:
- ... in Latin they are named Galanthus?
It's from Greek Gála (=milk) and ánthos (=blossom) The German name is Schneeglöckchen (= Little Snowbell). Other German names (seldom used but I like them) are: Milchblume (= Milkflower), Weiße Jungfrau (= White Virgin) and Hübsches Februar-Mädchen (= Pretty February Girl).
- ... they are originally from Europe?
There are so many flowers which came from other continents that sometimes it seems that no flowers really are from here.
- ... there are about 500 cultivars of snowdrops?
There are some people collecting snowdrops and paying high prices for one bulb of a rare kind!
- ... Galantamine, which is an alkaloid from snowdrops, is used against dementia/Alzheimer's Disease and other memory impairments?
They are not only pretty they are miraculous!
I just love Snowdrops!!
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