Snowdrops inspire such obsession that enthusiasts of the flowers have their own appellation: galanthophiles, a term that derives from the genus name galanthus. One of nature’s most exquisite compositions, snowdrops bloom from melting snow cover just as winter ends. Their delicate white flowers hang down from crisp green stalks as their petals elegantly fight gravity to open and display their extraordinary markings. The 19 species have distinctive shapes, and collectors are fervent in documenting the plant’s various incarnations.
After I read our snowdrop article in our March issue, I was fascinated by the passion of the snowdrop collectors. I wanted to read more about these galanthophiles and I've compiled a list of recent online articles about snowdrop collectors. Unsurprisingly, many of the articles are from the British press, where snowdrop mania is almost a national craze.
By the way, now is the time to buy and plant snowdrops, so if you can track some down, go forth and plant.
When late winter cabin fever has me in its bitter grip, galanthus reminds me that all is not lost. The snowdrop, as it's commonly known, is understated and refined, yet that pristine white flower contrasted against the dull winter ground gives it an eye-popping allure. I'm a plant breeder in Chester County, Pennsylvania. I'm also an unrepentant plantsman who gardens as a competitive sport. Anything that blooms against the odds has a place in my heart.