Snow Crocus (Crocus tommasinianus) in the Crocus Database

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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


Little Bulbs in the GardenLittle Bulbs in the Garden
March 31, 2015

The bulb catalogs have started arriving! And what a smart move, as we're all seeing those heralds of spring popping up with the melting of the snow. Usually, it's the big, bold blossoms that catch our eyes; the Tulips, Daffodils, and Hyacinths are what most of us think of when we think of spring bulbs. But don't overlook the diminutive little guys that, when planted thoughtfully, can provide stunning visual impact.

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Posted by ssgardener (Silver Spring, MD - Zone 7a) on Mar 12, 2013 6:46 AM

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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Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Oct 12, 2013 4:52 PM

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.

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Posted by bxncbx (NYC - Zone 7a) on Mar 24, 2018 1:18 PM

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!

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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