These beautiful bell-shaped flowers are only 7-15cm tall but spread to cover vast spaces creating a fantastic impact that shows Spring is on its way. Favouring damp and dark spaces, they are often found in wooded areas and bordering rural walls and hedgerows.
Seen as an indicator of seasonal warming, they flower when Spring is coming. Due to climate change, they can often be seen flowering as early as December although February is when we would normally expect to see them.
Snowdrops are not indigenous to the UK, although no one really knows when they were first introduced. They are believed to have come from mainland Europe in the 1600s and quickly spread into woodlands and the wild. They don’t rely on pollinators such as bees and other insects, since they flower so early when there are few around.
Although beautiful, they are very poisonous to humans if eaten. They are also thought to be unlucky inside the home – which may be why we don’t see them used in floristry very much.
They are also seen as a sign of hope and that good times are ahead – perhaps as an indicator of Spring. They have also been used to make medicine for headaches and pain relief as well as experimented with for the treatment of dementia.