A seedling of 'Melvillei' raised by James Allen before 1894. Famous for its long pedicel, but its real value
lies in its excellent large flowers.
James Allen raised an enormous number of seedling snowdrops, and named many of them. E.A.Bowles commented
with a rather gentle grace that " He had such a keen eye for a slight difference that a great number
of these seemed to other people very similar." ('Snowdrops and Snowflakes' by F.C.Stern). 'Magnet' is
one of a handful of survivors and there is some doubt with all of them, as there is with any of
the old clones, about the authenticity of the plants now grown. Bowles describes it as having a tall stalk,
and it is pleasing to note that mine is taller than average. He also said "The pedicel is so slender
that it reminds me of that of Dierama pulcherrimum..." and that is rather less applicable to the
plant I grow, in which the pedicel barely escapes from the top of the spathe. My plant is also rather
measured in its enthusiasm for life, with even a hint of feebleness about it. Bowles describes it as
having a good constitution. Possibly the original stocks have become mixed with seedlings, or perhaps
the plant has become enfeebled of late by the relentless adoration of the Galanthoscenti!
(Yes, I have coined a new word).
I think this is closer to the original description. I bought a new one because I wasn't satisfied
that mine was even close. I am not the only one who is confused, there are far more magnet than
there is space on the fridge to stick them.