About Snowdrop Flowers

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The snowdrop flower, or Galanthus nivalis, is a member of the Amaryllidaceae family of plants that originated in Europe and grow in various parts of North America. The bulb of the snowdrop flower is mildly toxic, according to North Carolina State University.

Geography

  • In the United States, snowdrop flowers grow wild in Washington, Utah, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia and North Carolina. Snowdrop plants are also grown in gardens throughout other areas of the country.

Appearance

  • The snowdrop flower consists of small buds and three drooping white petals with bright green centers. The overall shape of the snowdrop flower is that of a bell.

Size

  • The snowdrop is a small plant, only growing around four to six inches tall, though garden varieties sometimes are as large as 10 inches.

Time Frame

  • The snowdrop flower is a perennial, meaning it has the potential to bloom many times during its life cycle. The flowers typically bloom in the early spring.

Risks

  • When eaten, the bulb of the snowdrop flower causes nausea, vomiting and diarrhea in humans and animals.

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