Galanthus nivalis 'Green Mile'
This extraordinarily attractive variety was found on a rainy Sunday afternoon in 2007 by Belgian Robin Callens in his parents' garden in Waregem. The finder was only 15 years old at that time. Photos of this variety were first shown to the public on March 1, 2009. Callens uploaded them to the Internet forum of the "Scottish Rock Garden Club". The response was high as was the demand for this exceptional snowdrop.
Subsequent to the publication of the pictures, some plants were sold. At the time of the market launch, Galanthus 'Green Mile' was sold for 500 Euro per bulb. The money was raised to help send Robin Callens to study in New Zealand at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology.
Galanthus 'Green Mile' was found as a single plant, which after two years in culture already reached the impressive number of 9 flowers. A few green-tipped Galanthus nivalis were found in the vicinity of the site. However, Callens did not find any virescent plants at the original site of Galanthus 'Green Mile' even after many years.
Despite this extraordinary find, Callens never became a galanthophile: "Galanthus is a bit overrated, I think" - he prefers to devote himself to plants of the genera Podophyllum, Paris, Trillium, Arisaema, Polygonatum, Disporum and other woodland plants.