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Crocus tommasinianus 'Whitewell Purple'


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Plant type

Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour




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Crocus tommasinianus 'Whitewell Purple'

Plant details

Crocuses are spring-flowering plants native to Eastern Europe. Blooming from late-winter to early spring, they provide a much-needed source of nectar and pollen for queen bumblebees emerging from hibernation. They are easy to grow and particularly suited to growing in pots, and also naturalising in grass, where they quickly develop large carpets of colour. 

Crocus tommasinianus 'Whitewell Purple' has paler purple flowers than the species, and holds flowers on strong stems, making it better suited to growing in herbaceous borders than other varieties, whose flowers can become splashed with mud. Plant corms in autumn in gritty, well-drained soil in full sun.

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

Time to plant: September to November

Flowering period: February to April

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