Much comes from the ancient Greeks who had very fascinating minds with which to produce fantastic stories. In Homer's Odyssey (Book X) Hermes gave Ulysses the magic Moly Herb (which was the Galanthus nivalis, or snow drop) to combat the terrible forgetfulness that Cires had inflicted upon the crew of his ship. This was not the senior moment many blame for normal forgetfulness.
From Greek we find gala (milk) and anthos (flower) and from that we get milk-white flowers: Galanthus.
The Galanthus nivalis is the most common of the 75 species and variations of beautiful little snow drops.
Snow drops are native to Europe and Asia Minor.
The largest annual snowdrop event is in Germany and attracts over 3,000 galenthophiles.
A large area blanketed by blooming snowdrops is a sight to behold.