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

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Location: my garden, Utah
Date: 2022-03-27
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2009-03-11
Photo by gemini_sage
Location: Zone 5b, Chicago suburbs
Date: 2022-04-01
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2010-03-18

Date: 2023-03-26

Date: 2023-03-14
Location: Wallington Hall National Trust garden, Northumberland
Date: 2017-03-07
En masse in the walled garden
Location: My Garden, Utah
Date: 2015-03-07
Location: Maine
Location: Wallington Hall National Trust garden, Northumberland
Date: 2017-03-07
En masse in the walled garden
Location: My garden, Ghent, Belgium
Date: 2015-03-11

Date: 2008-03-20
Location: My garden, Ghent, Belgium
Date: 2015-03-11

Date: 2019-02-26

Photo courtesy of Longfield Gardens
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Photo by dirtdorphins
Location: My garden, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; zone 3.
Date: 2011-05-01
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2013-04-09
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2013-04-09
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2013-04-09
Location: my garden, Gent, Belgium
Date: 2011-02-16
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2013-04-06
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2013-04-06

Photo courtesy of Longfield Gardens
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Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2013-10-12
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2013-04-09
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2013-04-09
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2013-04-09
Location: Long Island, NY 
Date: 2013-04-09
Location: Gainesboro, TN
Date: 2011-03-19
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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Planted in the front garden.
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Purchased 3 corms from The Seed Collection.
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