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 is a reliable early flowering crocus, bearing deep violet flowers. Plant corms in autumn in gritty, well-drained soil in full sun.
Plant type: Spring-blooming bulb
Flower colour: Mauve
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Moist
Skill level: Beginner
Time to divide plants: April to May
Time to plant: September to November
Flowering period: February to April
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