"When the March sun began to melt the snow on the slopes, the first snowdrops came out"
Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis)
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeSnowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) - Credit: Anne Burgess
Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis)
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There are about twenty different types of snowdrop in the plant group Galanthus; all flowers in this group grow from bulbs.

The snowdrop which may be seen in the Swiss Alps is the common snowdrop. Its Latin name isĀ  Galanthus nivalis.

In some parts of Europe, snowdrops may flower as early as January.