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Common Snowdrop

Galanthus nivalis

Plant Data

Order:
Asparagales
Family:
Alliaceae (Onion)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
The flower is made up of 3 outer and 3 inner white tepals. The inner tepals are bell-shaped and the flowers are borne on a solitary stem.
Fruit:
A capsule which contains the seeds.
Leaves:
Only 2 or 3 basal leaves exist and no stem leaves. The smooth, greyish, erect leaves are long and linear.
Maximum Size:
20cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
Poisonous. The bulbs of the Snowdrop look like onions and eating them may induce vomiting, nausea or diarrhoea.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Flowers have a unique smell.
Other Names:
Candlemas Bells, Candlemas Lily, Common Bells, Dingle-dangle, Eve's Tears, Fair-maid's-of-February, February Fairmaids, Garden Snowdrop, Little-sister-of-the-snow, Mary's Taper, Milk Flower, Milky Snowdrops, Purification Flower, Snow Piercer.
Habitats:
Farmland, gardens, grassland, hedgerows, parkland, riverbanks, roadsides, towns, waterside, woodland.