Best snowdrop walks in Northern Ireland
Whether you spy them on a woodland walk, riverside ramble or garden stroll, snowdrops are a welcome sign that spring is on its way. Breaking through the frosted ground, these pretty little flowers flourish in the cold so take inspiration from this hardy little bloom and embrace the elements on a winter walk.
Part of the Amaryllidaceae family, snowdrops (Galanthus) grow in well-drained, fertile soil and habitats that provide full or partial sunlight. This hardy perennial plant can survive more than two years in the wild and can be spotted growing in abundance from late January through to March.
Here's the best spots to find a carpet of them to saunter around in the late winter months.
Did you know…
- There are 20 recognised species of snowdrop.
- Snowdrops are threatened because of the uncontrolled collecting of plants from the wild. Some species of snowdrops are listed as vulnerable or even endangered.
- The scientific name for the snowdrop is Galanthus nivalis. Name is coined from the Greek words "gala", which means milk, and "anthos" which means flower. Second part of the name, "nivalis", originates from Latin language and it means snow.
- Snowdrops have a naturally occurring substance in them called galantamine. This is sold as a medication for Alzheimer’s disease under the name of Reminyl.
- Snowdrops are seen as a symbol of hope, consolation and purity