The name Galanthus, is Greek in its origin and signifies Milk white flower.
A legend about the origin of the snowdrop tells us that after being expelled from the Garden of Eden, Eve sat weeping. An angel comforted her. Since the Fall, no flowers had bloomed, but snow fell ceaselessly. As the angel talked with Eve, he caught a snowflake in his hand, breathed on it, and it fell to earth as the first snowdrop. The flower bloomed and Hope was born.
A German legend says that snow got its whiteness from the snowdrop as it wanted a colour and god said it should ask plants and animals for some of theirs. Only the snowdrop was willing to share its colour with the snow and so it is white.
According to superstitions it is unlucky to bring snowdrops indoors and the sight of a single snowdrop blooming in the garden foretells of impending disaster. It is regarded as an omen of death despite its beauty.
It is unlucky to decorate your rooms with snowdrops.
They are often represented as shy flowers, who are afraid to raise their heads because of some misdemeanour or other. The real reason is that their dusty pollen must be kept dry and sweet in order to attract the few insects flying in winter. No mean feat in the February winds, snows and rains. And so – they droop! [.]
March 1st: In Russia, Snowdrop Day is celebrated. Legend tells that the tiny flowers are the tears of winter snow melting into spring and that they bloom only on that day.
Plant your favourite snowdrops during late winter and early spring in pots, troughs, beds, borders or naturalise on lawns.