Galanthus nivalis cultivars and Fibonacci sequence


Each spring  snowdrops are among the first announcing the winter is gone. Abundance of these little flowers paints whole white carpets under trees .What a view! 

But there is much more diversity  in these uniformly white galaxy as one could assume at a first glimpse.These white flowers may change shape,their pattern is far from uniform,mutations provide new shapes.But the sad truth is all these variants are mostly not stable in nature.So it actually is a hard work to cultivate a Galanthus nivalis cultivar of even a slight difference.And the good news? Once stable form will propagate with bulbs-by means of Fibonacci sequence which means:0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55,89 etc!


18 thoughts on “Galanthus nivalis cultivars and Fibonacci sequence

  1. Snowdrops don’t do so well in Australia, but I love the idea that they propagate according to the Fibonacci sequence. In fact, the sequence occurs in many places in nature, including plant petal spirals, rabbit breeding, and nautilus shells.

    Makes me proud to be a maths nerd. 🙂

    And thanks again for the like on my blog!


  2. Tamara, that is quite a bit of research you have done on plant math. Maybe there are other formuale for other species of vegetation, waiting to be discovered by you!!


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