This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The prettiest hardy bulb in flower in the Kew collection at the present time is this rare little gem. Its blossoms, which are about the size of Snowdrops, are unaccompanied by leaves, and are borne on slender stalks about four inches high, in the same nodding away as in the case of Snowdrops. The name roseum is probably taken from the flower-stalk and the membranous leaf on it, which are of a red color, but it does not affect the snowy whiteness of the flower, except at the point of attachment to the stalk. Like most of its congeners, this Snowflake is a native of South Europe, and delights in a sunny border in a light soil. - Garden.