Alison's search for snowdrops
Just when you thought you’d seen the last of the snow, Alison Hammond goes in search of snow… drops!
That's right, our very own ray of sunshine Alison is hoping to put a spring in your step and a smile on your face.
Did you know these snowdrop facts?
- Snowdrops are herbaceous plants that belongs to the Amaryllidaceae family
- Snowdrops contain a substance called galantamine which is contained in the medication Reminyl to help treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease
- Snowdrops contain a lectin compound which is known as an effective insecticide
- Snowdrops and their bulbs are poisonous to humans and if they're eaten can cause nausea, diarrhoea and vomiting
- Snowdrops have adapted to flower early in the year to take advantage of the limited sunlight that reaches them in the woodland before trees come in to leaf
- Most types of snowdrops propagate via division of the underground bulb. Bulbs will split when dormant and begin to sprout new flowers.
-Snowdrops are a perennial plant, which means that they can survive more than two years in the wild