5×7 inch oil painting Snowdrop Flower
Snowdrop Flower – Galanthus (from Ancient Greek γάλα, (gála, “milk”) + ἄνθος (ánthos, “flower”)),
They are one of the first signs of spring for many places worldwide. Here in Canada they usually appear before the snow has melted. They are symbolic of spring, purity and religion. They contain a substance used to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease. Galantamine is a naturally occurring substance found in plants. During the Victorian period, for many people, a single snowdrop flower signified death and they considered it bad luck to bring one into the home. This could be, in part, due to the bulb of a flower being highly poisonous if eaten.
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