7 - 15 cms.
January - April
Snowdrops contain an active substance called
galantamine, (or galanthamine), which can be
helpful in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease,
though it is not a cure. Snowdrops also contain
an active lectin or agglutinin named GNA for
Galanthus nivalis agglutinin. Potatoes have
been genetically modified with the GNA gene.
In 1998 Árpád Pusztai said in an interview that
his group had observed damage to the intestines
and immune systems of rats fed the genetically