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Crocus tommasinianus 'Whitewell Purple'

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Key information

Plant type

Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour

Purple

Feature

Flowers

Skill level

Beginner

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Plant details

This Eastern European species has a particular place in gardeners' affections. It is one of the first crocuses to bloom, sometimes as early as late January, and by 2-3 weeks later there will be whole patches of lilac-mauve flowers, gleaming in the spring sunshine and alive with foraging bees. They seed themselves freely, even in crevices and cracks in paths, and also multiply quickly below ground, but no-one considers them invasive because they are so charming and welcome. 'Whitewell Purple' is a beautiful variety with reddish purple blooms which are silvery mauve inside.

Family: Iridaceae

Genus: Crocus

Species: tommasinianus

Cultivar: Whitewell Purple

Plant type: Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 10cm

Spread: 5cm

Flowering period: March to April


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