Summer Snowflake – Leucojum aestivum

Summer Snowflake
Summer Snowflake

These bulbous perennials are native to central and southern Europe. In 1629 John Parkinson listed the snowflake in ‘A Garden of Pleasant Flowers’ as the “great bulbous violet.” In Europe this plant is becoming endangered due to over collecting and loss of habitat.

Saint Agnes’s flower (one of this flowers other common names) is named for and dedicated to this saint, who is the patron saint of young virgins. It gained this prestige due to its loveliness and purity.

Summer Snowflake was named the county flower of Berkshire following a 2002 survey by the wild flower and plant conservation charity Plantlife. This pretty little flower is also slightly toxic…it causes dermatitis if the bulb (presumably the juices) comes in contact with the skin.

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