General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Plant Height: 2-4 inches
Leaves: Spring ephemeral
Other: A thin, green blade with a tell-tale white stripe down the middle.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Other: White to lavender throats, darkening to purple towards edges of petals. Bright yellow stamens.
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Spring
Underground structures: Corm
Uses: Provides winter interest
Will Naturalize
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets

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

Comments:
  • Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Oct 11, 2013 5:45 PM concerning plant:
    Ruby Giant is well named as it has a much, much larger flower than common tommies. Also, the color on Ruby Giant just shimmers. I bought lots more of these to plant this fall after I saw how pretty the ones I had were this spring.
  • Posted by sheryl (Hot, hot, hot, Feenix, AZ - Zone 9b) on Dec 6, 2011 8:20 PM concerning plant:
    Lovely little flowers, blooming here in 6b/7a by early March. They are known to bloom through a late snow cover. The flowers only last for a day but it's not unusual to get multiple blooms per plant.

    After blooming the foliage disappears until the following year.

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