Snowdrop Discovery

Snowdrop flowers
Photography copyright © Serena Kovalosky

These little white snowdrops appeared on my front lawn in March in 2022 once the snow left the ground. I remember seeing their green foliage in clumps scattered about the front yard where my Mom used to have a flower garden in previous years but never noticed any flowers since the lawn was always mowed early. This year, I put off mowing till later to allow these “weeds” to grow and see what they become. What a wonderful surprise!

Only a few of them actually flowered but there were green shoots everywhere! So I dug them all up and arranged them around the ironweed I had planted in the middle of the yard. The bulbs were all clumped together so I imagine the reason they didn’t flower was because they needed to be thinned out and separated. No one had bothered with them for years. As they are a cultivated flower not native to the U.S.,  I believe these snowdrops were introduced to the property by my mom for her flower garden.

I hope I didn’t kill them. I’ll know next spring.

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And Now for the Science…

Common Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis) is among the small genus of approximately 20 species of bulbous perennial herbaceous plants in the Amaryllidaceae family. Native to Europe and the Middle East. Cultivated, persisting from cultivation, and occasionally naturalizing to floodplain forests and thickets. The plants have two linear leaves and a single small white drooping bell-shaped flower with six petal-like tepals in two circles. The smaller inner petals have green markings.
Sources: Wikipedia, Missouri Botanical Garden, New York Flora Atlas

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