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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.
Cultivar: Whitewell Purple
Plant type: Spring-blooming bulb
Flower colour: Purple
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Moist
Skill level: Beginner
Flowering period: March to April
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