Transplanting cyclamen
Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:48:57 PDT
  "Snowdrop seed has an appendage called an elaiosome; a small body rich in fatty acids and other things attractive to ants. In the wild ants probably visit the ripening pods; carrying off the elaiosomes and discarding the unwanted seed somewhere en route to their nest. You are not the only being, therefore, interested in the ripe snowdrop seed in your garden. As the capsule ripens and swells, the weight bends the supporting stalk until the capsule is resting on the ground. I have often gone for ripe seed, only to find the yellowing capsule on the ground with a circular hole in the side and the seed gone - ants or slugs or both, I assume."

From a UK Galanthus site.


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