Galanthus elwesii 'Ice Bear'
Galanthus 'Ice Bear' is a poculiform snowdrop from Canada. It was found by Calvor Mateer, a Canadian snowdrop enthusiast from Victoria, British Columbia. He is well known for his outstanding poculiform elwesii-selections. He spotted it in a naturalized snowdrop colony north of Victoria back in the 1990's. It's story is closely linked to the other poculiform snowdrops he found. Those plants can be traced back to the so-called remittance men. They were dissolute or drunken characters who were either hopeless alcoholics, gay, gamblers or womanizers that embarrassed the family. They were set up on farms around Victoria but mainly north of the city. All around their old farm houses they planted snowdrops as they reminded them of their former home.
Calvor Mateer checks many of those old farmsteads and the naturalised colonies of Galanthus elwesii that developed in the nearby woods over the time.
Galanthus 'Ice Bear' is a special poculiform snowdrop, because the inner petals are strictly pointing downwards, giving the flower a unique look.