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Crocus tommasinianus ‘Whitewell Purple’

Crocus

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Flowers

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Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Crocus tommasinianus 'Whitewell Purple'
  • Common name: Crocus
  • Family: Iridaceae
  • Plant Type: Bulb
Flower colour:

Purple

Foliage colour:

Green

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.

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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.

How to grow Crocus 'Whitewell Purple'

  • Plant size

    10cm height

    5cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Soil type: Acidic / chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do not Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do Plant in September

Do Plant in October

Do Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

Do not Divide in February

Do not Divide in March

Do not Divide in April

Do not Divide in May

Do not Divide in June

Do not Divide in July

Do not Divide in August

Do Divide in September

Do Divide in October

Do Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Crocus 'Whitewell Purple' and wildlife

Crocus 'Whitewell Purple' is known for attracting bees. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Crocus 'Whitewell Purple' poisonous?

Crocus 'Whitewell Purple' can be toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

Toxic to Horses

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Crocus 'Whitewell Purple'

Iris danfordiae
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Iris danfordiae

Reticulata iris