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Galanthus 'Magnet'

Archive entry 22.01.17

1st March 2009

A seedling of 'Melvillei' raised by James Allen before 1894. Famous for its long pedicel, but its real value lies in its excellent large flowers.

19th February 2011

James Allen raised an enormous number of seedling snowdrops, and named many of them. E.A.Bowles commented with a rather gentle grace that " He had such a keen eye for a slight difference that a great number of these seemed to other people very similar." ('Snowdrops and Snowflakes' by F.C.Stern). 'Magnet' is one of a handful of survivors and there is some doubt with all of them, as there is with any of the old clones, about the authenticity of the plants now grown. Bowles describes it as having a tall stalk, and it is pleasing to note that mine is taller than average. He also said "The pedicel is so slender that it reminds me of that of Dierama pulcherrimum..." and that is rather less applicable to the plant I grow, in which the pedicel barely escapes from the top of the spathe. My plant is also rather measured in its enthusiasm for life, with even a hint of feebleness about it. Bowles describes it as having a good constitution. Possibly the original stocks have become mixed with seedlings, or perhaps the plant has become enfeebled of late by the relentless adoration of the Galanthoscenti!
(Yes, I have coined a new word).


  • Bishop, M., A.Davis and J.Grimshaw. Snowdrops, A monograph on cultivated Galanthus. Griffin Press Publishing ltd. 2001 (reprinted 2006).