If you've never seen flowers in snow before, you're missing out on a seriously stunning sight. After all, it doesn't take a botanist to know that flowers and snow rarely make a good pair. But when you capture the two of them together in a snapshot, the results are nothing less than magical.
Why do some flowers survive in the snow?
As master gardener coordinator Sandra Mason says, "Some flowers laugh at the snow." Mason explained on the University of Illinois Extension website that certain early flowering plants manage to not only last but flourish among the flakes. For example, the snowdrop, also known as Galanthus nivalis, is native to Europe and Asia but also thrives here in the US, despite arriving as early as February. Glory-of-the-snow, also referred to as Chionodoxa luciliae, is an early flower that blooms in a star shape and comes in three different colors: blue, white, and pink (sounds pretty glorious to us!). Mason says that for flowers that are still emerging as the snow falls, the white powder can actually act as an insulator for the plants in the cold weather. However, if the plant in question already has flowers, it may be out of luck.
That said, other plants are known for braving more than just the occasional snowstorm. We were especially impressed to hear about the snow plant, a truly unique natural phenomenon that does not need the sun to survive. Commonly found in northern California, the bright red plant — which is red all over, not just on its flowers — gets its nutrition from fungi beneath the soil. But considering some plants have the ability to grow in climates as extreme as the frozen ground in the Arctic, perhaps we shouldn't be so surprised.
We can't help but think, however, that flowers growing in the snow might symbolize something much deeper than the heartiness of a certain plant. After all, flowers are usually considered a sign of spring on the way — and spring is widely thought of as a time for new beginnings. So perhaps snow-covered flowers signal that a fresh start or a new chapter is available anytime during the year, no matter how cold it is outside. Who says we have to wait until the snow melts for us to start blooming, anyway? Scroll below to see some of the most gorgeous flowers in snow photos.