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March 8, 2011 / virginiatrailschristine

In Bloom: Snowdrops

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: Snowdrops

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: Snowdrops Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: Snowdrops

Snowdrops are in bloom!

Genus: Galanthus

Galanthus, commonly known as Snowdrops, are one of spring’s earliest blooms.  There are more than 75 different species/varieties of snowdrops… and they’re all white.  Galanthus actually means “milk flower”.  The plant is grown from a bulb and appears perennially.

Fun Fact: The Snowdrop makes appearances in poetry (William Wordsworth’s two poems), music (Tchaikovsky’s Seasons: April)  and fiction (Neil Gaiman’s Stardust).

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