Spring Crocus (Crocus vernus) in the Crocus Database

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Botanical names:
Crocus vernus Accepted
Crocus vernus subsp. albiflorus Synonym

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: 4-6 inches
Leaves: Spring ephemeral
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Underground structures: Corm
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets


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 Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Dec 2, 2013 4:21 PM

I have fond memories of these jolly plants popping up through the snow in my Mom's front lawn. I don't remember that she bothered to let the foliage age naturally, my guess is Dad just mowed over them as he mowed the grass.

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