Crocus tommasinianus ‘Barr's Purple’
© Richie Steffen / Great Plant Picks
Crocus are a harbinger of spring and bring a burst of color to the garden in late winter. This selection of the species is easy to grow and long-lived with goblet-shaped flowers which typically appear in late February to early March. ‘Barr’s Purple’ is a lovely shade of lavender-purple, slightly paler on the lower inside of the petals along with bright orange anthers. 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.
Plant Type: bulb
Foliage Type: deciduous
Plant Height: 0 ft. 4 in. (0.09 meters)
Plant Width/Spread: 0 ft. 5 in. (0.12 meters)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8
Flower Color: purple
Sun/Light Exposure: full
Water Requirements: drought tolerant
Seasonal Interest: late winter, early spring flowers
Wildlife Associations: bees
- Culture Notes
- Sometimes 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.