The image of the snowdrop is of a brave little flower pushing its way up through a cover of snow when so many other plants are still dormant.

Of course, there are some other plants that flower early, such as winter aconite, hellebores, winter heathers, some early cherries, evergreen viburnum and sweet box, but the snowdrop holds sway over all of those for the manner in which it quickly appears and the impact it makes.