Snowdrops are small white flowers that grow in climates where winters are mild to cold. Snowdrops are hardy plants that live longest when the weather is coldest. Their scientific name is Galanthus nivalis, of the family Amaryllidaceae. Snowdrops symbolize new beginnings and hope because they typically bloom at the end of winter and announce the approach of spring. Snowdrops are often the first flowers you will see in cold climates, sometimes blooming before crocuses. Snowdrops can appear during the fall, winter or early spring, though they most commonly are associated with late winter. Once established, snowdrops multiply and spread each season. Plant snowdrop bulbs in the fall. They prefer light shade and well-drained, but not overly dry, soil.