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Quietly elegant flowers dressed in simple white and green, snowdrops look too fragile to cope with wintery weather.

They are however very resilient and are treasured by gardeners for their ability to flower early in the horticultural year.

Snowdrop explores how they have been used by non-gardeners too, as symbols of purity and of hope and consolation.

The gentle beauty of the snowdrop may have attracted the attention of poets and artists for centuries but today snowdrops are more popular than ever before, with record-breaking sums being reached for individual bulbs.

This is the ideal companion for galanthophiles or indeed any plant lovers who are interested in the emotional and cultural aspects of these much-loved plants.

© The Royal Horticultural Society 2017