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Crocus tommasinianus


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Spring-blooming bulb

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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. The colour is variable, and light or dark forms and also white flowers are likely on self-sown plants. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Iridaceae

Genus: Crocus

Species: tommasinianus

Plant type: Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour: Mauve

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

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

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 10cm

Spread: 5cm

Time to divide plants: April to May

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