Leucojum aestivum lore

Peter Franks peter.scaevola@gmail.com
Sun, 11 Nov 2018 22:51:17 PST
Hi Elaine,

Here's an extract from "Flowers and their Histories" [Alice M Coats, 1956,
p. 141] "Gerard and Parkinson called it [L. aestivum] Early Summer Fooles or
Summer Sottekins - a name derived from the Dutch. I do not know the
explanation, unless it is that the plant fools us by looking like a snowdrop
in May."

I've checked in Stern's "Snowdrops and Snowflakes" [1954] with no luck. Same
result from Farrer's "English Rock Garden".  

I hope this is of some interest


Peter Franks

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Subject: [pbs] Leucojum aestivum lore

I thought all flowers have a story or cultural significance associated with
them. For example, a red rose means love.

I've been trying to find a 'flower meaning' for the Leucojum aestivum,
commonly called summer snowflake or Loddon lily, and haven't found anything
on the internet. (There's tons of associations for snowdrop but not the

It's the most charming thing in my garden right now.

Would anyone here know?

If no one knows, lets suggest a significance and which trait of the flower
inspired it, just for fun. Or maybe I'll come up with a story. :-)

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