Early crocus

Crocus tommasinianus

Early crocus - Crocus tommasinianus

Common Name: Early crocus
Genus: Crocus
Species: tommasinianus

Category: Bulbs, Corms, Tubers & Rhizomatous Plants
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Good for wildlife, Provides winter colour
Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit, RHS Perfect for Pollinators

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.10 m (10 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.03 m (3 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Lilac
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: February & March

Soil Type: Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

The flowers on this small crocus can vary from pale slivery lilac to reddish purple but whatever the colour it is always a welcome sight in late winter. This is one of the easiest crocuses to naturalise as it will self-seed readily. A good companion for dwarf grasses - or lawns that have had a trim late in the autumn - so the flowers can be better seen. It is more tolerant of shade than many of its counterparts so is a good choice for woodland areas. It will also be a magnet for whatever insects may be active so early in the year.

  • Garden care: Plant bulbs in tight clusters to form naturalistic drifts 10cm deep where they can be left undisturbed for several years. Keep a look out for mice or squirrel damage. This can sometimes be avoided by laying a piece of chicken wire over the bulbs before you cover them with soil. If you are growing these in grass, avoid mowing it until the leaves have completely died back.


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