Snowdrop flowers were once considered a bad omen. Due to their low growing patterns and the fact that they were regularly seen springing up in cemeteries, many Victorians felt that these flowers were representative of death. In fact, many people felt it was bad luck to bring them into the homes of those who were ill, as they were considered bad luck.
On a more positive note, the snowdrop flower is said to have burst forth to comfort Adam and Eve after they were cast out of the Garden of Eden. It has also been suggested that the magical Greek herb Moly, mentioned in Homer's Odyssey, is in fact a snowdrop, and that it may have provided an antidote to Circe's poisons.
Today, as one of the earliest flowers to bloom, they are thought to be a simple, delicate symbol of hope and rebirth, purity and consolation. As gifts, these flowers are given for a variety of reasons. They may be a simple expression of sympathy, or an elegant symbol of optimism and virtue which can be presented to a bride or wedding party.