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Snowflake

Leucojum is a genus of only two species in the family Amaryllidaceae– Leucojum vernum and Leucojum aestivum, both native to Eurasia. These bulbous perennials have grass-like foliage and pendulous, white and bell-shaped flowers, which are marked on all six petal tips with green or yellow-green marks. They are small but very pretty and fragrant!

Meaning: The genus name is derived from the Greek words “leukos”, meaning “white” and “ion”, which means “violet”, referring to the color and possibly fragrance of the flowers. The common name “Snowflakes” refers to the white flowers of this plant. Though its name suggests otherwise, Snowflakes bloom in spring and summer.

Symbolism: Leucojum symbolizes purity and hope.

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