General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Plant Height: 4-6 inches
Leaves: Spring ephemeral
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Lavender
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Underground structures: Corm
Uses: Will Naturalize
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2002 Great Plant Picks Award Winner

Common names
  • Snow Crocus
  • Early Crocus
  • Tommasini's Crocus
  • Tommies
  • Species Crocus
  • Crocus

Photo Gallery
Photo by Fleur569
Location: Bronx NY
Date: March 5, 2023
Full shade.  Spring is early this year!
Location: Apple Valley MN
Date: 2021-03-19
Photo by robertduval14
Location: Illinois, US
Date: 2010-03-19
Location: Apple Valley MN
Date: 2017-03-31
Location: Fairfax, VA
Location: Fairfax, VA
Location: Lancaster PA 
Date: February 2023
Location: Photo by Carol Bacskai; zone 5b, Yorkville, IL
Date: 2022-03-17

Date: 2005-03-12
Location: Apple Valley MN
Date: 2020-03-17
First Tommmi of the year
Location: Pennsylvania
Date: 2020-02-24
snow crocus blooming in February (unusual for zone 5)
Location: Fairfax, VA
Location: Hamburg, Germany
Date: 2008-02-09
Photo courtesy of:L. B. Tettenborn

Date: 2005-03-13

Date: 2009-03-16
Location: My garden
Date: 2017-03-26
Location: Frederick, MD
Date: 2008-03-10
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2008-02-08
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium

Date: 2005-03-08
Location: Northern Illinois (Zone 5a)
Date: 2013-04-04
Location: My garden
Date: 2017-03-26
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2011-02-20
Snow Crocus 001
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2010-03-15
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2010-05-04
Location: My garden in N E Pa. 
Date: 2015-03-26

Date: 2005-03-08

Date: 2012-03-29

Photo credit: Rhododendrites

photo credit: H. Zell

photo by ghislain118
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2013-03-24
such small flowers
Location: Indiana  Zone 5
Date: 2011-03-20
Location: Indiana  Zone 5
Date: 2011-03-20
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2013-10-12
  • Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Oct 12, 2013 4:52 PM concerning plant:
    I could hardly believe how small the blooms were on the tommies blooming this spring. First time for me planting Crocus tommasinianus. I did, however, love the soft lilac coloring. I think these need to be planted in large groupings to have a nicer impact at bloom time.
  • Posted by bxncbx (NYC - Zone 7a) on Mar 24, 2018 1:18 PM concerning plant:
    I wintersowed some Crocus tommasinianus seeds in Jan/Feb 2016. I checked the jug today (March 2018) and they are just starting to sprout. If you are going to try to grow them from seed don't toss the planting too soon. You need to be very patient!
  • Posted by ssgardener (Silver Spring, MD - Zone 7a) on Mar 12, 2013 6:46 AM concerning plant:
    This is a super-early bloomer for me. For two mild winters now, it started blooming in early January and lasted until early March. The temperatures dropped down to the teens but didn't affect the blooms.

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