Saturday, February 08, 2014

Snowdrops North Fife

Galanthus nivalis (common snowdrop)

The common snowdrop is one of the most popular of all cultivated bulbous plants, and its flowering is traditionally seen to herald the end of winter. This is a show by the wayside at Fliskmillan.

Habitat: Mostly deciduous woodland, but occasionally coniferous woodland. Also in meadows, pasture, amongst scrub, near rivers and on stony slopes, particularly on calcareous soils.

Galanthus nivalis is the best-known and most widespread representative of the genus Galanthus. It is native to a large area of Europe, stretching from the Pyrenees in the west, through France and Germany to Poland in the north, Italy, Northern Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine and European Turkey. It has been introduced and is widely naturalised elsewhere. Although it is often thought of as a British native wild flower, or to have been brought to the British Isles by the Romans, it was probably introduced around the early sixteenth century and is currently not a protected species in the UK.

There are places in Fife where snowdrops are in massive profusion. Cambo Estate offer a Snowdrop festival.. Also during one can visit at night.

Two weeks later looking more snow like.

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