Crocus are a harbinger of spring and bring a burst of color to the garden in late winter. This species is easy to grow and long-lived with goblet-shaped flowers which typically appear in late February to early March. Being a species rather than a cultivar the flower color is variable ranging from pale silver-lavender to dark purple. The wispy green foliage, with a thin silvery median, emerges right behind the flowers and expands as the blooms fade, then goes dormant in early summer making them quite drought tolerant.
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: black, chartreuse, bronze
Great Color Partners: gold, dark green, white
Culture NotesSometimes called “Tommies,” this late winter to early spring bloomer grows best in full sun, although they will tolerate light or open shade. Plant in well-drained soil, and as long as there is adequate rainfall during spring, there is no need to water because once the foliage goes dormant in late spring the corms are drought tolerant. If planted in a lawn situation, do not mow until the leaves turn yellow indicating dormancy.
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Plant Type: bulb
Foliage Type: deciduous
Plant Height: 0 ft. 4 in. (0.09 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 0 ft. 4 in. (0.09 m.)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9
Flower Color: lavender, purple
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun
Water Requirements: drought tolerant when established