Family:
Amaryllidaceae
Scientific Name:
Galanthus nivalis
Toxins:
amaryllidaceae alkaloids, lectins
Flower Color:
Found:
woodlands, gardens

Geographical Distribution

Snowdrop distribution - United States

Snowdrop

Galanthus nivalis

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Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis ) is a bulbous perennial which blooms early spring. It is native to Europe and southwestern Asia.

Snowdrop contains numerous Amaryllidaceae alkaloids (up to 1.6%), including galanthamine (the main component), haemanthamine, galanthine, lycorine, and narciclasine. A tetrameric lectin has been isolated from the bulbs.