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Scientific name:  Galanthus nivalis

Size:  Grows to a height of 25cm

Distribution:  Found in England, Wales and parts of Scotland

Flowering months:  January to March

Habitat:  Damp deciduous woodlands, river banks, parks and gardens

Special features:  Snowdrops were once quite rare in the U.K. and were found only in damp woodlands in England, but today they are fairly widespread.  The flowering of the snowdrops is considered a good indicator that winter is coming to an end and spring is on its way.

The flowers close at night, and open in the morning.  If you put the tip of your tongue inside a snowdrop after it has been open for a while you can taste the sweet nectar inside.

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