A galanthophile is an enthusiastic collector and identifier of snowdrop (Galanthus) species and cultivars.
"The Galanthus, or Snowdrop, is one of our chastest and most beautiful flowers, and its pure blossoms are universally appreciated. It is more varied in character and in its time of blooming than many are aware of." Samuel Arnott in The Book of Bulbs
In Europe Snowdrop-mania has escalated over the years into an almost frenzied obsession with rare and unusual cultivars. Snowdrop bulbs can easily sell for over a $100,000. Is it becoming a version of 17th- century Holland's tulipmania?