Ilse Bilse

Galanthus plicatus Ilse Bilse was introduced by Hagen Engelmann. It’s name derives from a German nursery rhyme.

The snowdrop has a green ovary, with double yellow inner markings.

The rhyme goes:

Ilse Bilse,
niemand willse.
Kam der Koch,
nahm sie doch,
steckt sie in das Ofenloch.

Ilse Bilse,
noone wants her,
Came the cook,
took her along,
stuck her into the ovenhole.

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