Plant Family / Crocus
Very few early-flowering bulbous, tuberous and cormous plants are as extensively planted as the Crocus. Indispensable for each and every garden, they join snowdrops, winter aconites and glory-of-the-snow as the very first heralds of spring. The bright yellow ones, so often seen, bring the first bit of ’warmth’ to the new year. More than 100 species are known, but only thirty have been cultivated. The most popular crocuses are the ones that no longer closely resemble their wild ancestors.
Crocus 'Yalta' is incredibly ravishing with silvery white petals on the outside, and rich blue-violet petals on the inside that contrast nicely against the brilliant orange anthers. Borne atop dark purple stems, the blossoms are among the largest crocus flowers. The grass-like foliage features narrow, dark green leaves with a very thin central silver stripe.
Crocus biflorus 'Miss Vain' features slightly fragrant, goblet-shaped, white flowers adorned with prominent orange-yellow anthers and linear, dark green leaves with a silvery, central stripe. Like most other crocuses, it is ideal for naturalizing and looks spectacular in large sweeping drifts. Alternatively, it can be grown in pots or containers so that the delicate blooms can be admired at close quarters.
Crocus chrysanthus 'Ard Schenk' features large, pristine white flowers adorned with a luminous golden heart and prominent orange-yellow anthers. Like most other crocuses, it is ideal for naturalizing and looks spectacular in large sweeping drifts. Alternatively, it can be grown in pots or containers so that the delicate blooms can be admired at close quarters.
Crocus chrysanthus 'Gipsy Girl' is a particularly attractive Snow Crocus with large, deep gold flowers, strikingly marked with bronze or plum feathering on their outer petals. Excellent planted in large drifts to form a colorful flower carpet in the grass and garden beds.
As suggested by its name, Crocus chrysanthus 'Goldilocks' is a very showy Snow Crocus with intense, golden yellow flowers, adorned with dark purplish-brown feathering on their outer tepals. Its grass-like foliage features narrow, dark green leaves with a very thin central silver stripe. Introduced in 1950, this crocus is slightly scented and will lift the spirits of winter-weary gardeners.
Crocus Chrysanthus 'Romance' is considered as one of the most romantic crocuses! It displays tight cup-shaped, warm creamy-yellow flowers with darker markings that open wide in the sun. This crocus is not only attractive but also floriferous, vigorous and reliable. Quite remarkable!
Crocus chrysanthus 'Snow Bunting' is still considered one of the best spring flowering crocuses. Winner of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit in 1993, it is as white as its name suggests and displays ivory flowers with a rich golden heart and a light lilac feathering at the base. This crocus enjoys a sweet scent and spreads to make decent clumps.
Fragrant, Crocus chrysanthus 'Zwanenburg Bronze' is a very showy perennial corm with its rich, deep yellow cup-shaped flowers, heavily marked outside with dark bronze
Blooming well before the fat Dutch Crocus (Crocus vernus), Crocus chrysanthus (Snow Crocus) pokes through the bare earth or snow to cheer gardeners and capture their heart. This crocus, which grows wild in such places as Greece, produces smaller flowers than those of the familiar 'Dutch crocuses' but in greater numbers.
Crocus minimus 'Spring Beauty' is incredibly ravishing with its pale lilac petals flamed dark plum on the outside, a paler lavender-purple on the inside contrasting pale yellow anthers. The flowers are quite small but they are produced in such profusion that they make up for their small stature. Its grass-like foliage features narrow, dark green leaves with a very thin central silver stripe.
Vigorous, Crocus sieberi is a late winter-flowering crocus producing its charming flowers as the snow melts. Regarded by some as one of the most attractive crocuses, it is very hardy and ridiculously easy to grow, making long-lived clumps. Easily established, this crocus increases nicely over time, providing attractive splashes of color, like scattered gemstones sparkling on the ground!
Among the earliest crocuses to flower, Crocus 'Firefly' enjoys soft lilac to pale violet flowers with yellow bottoms and golden throats
One of the most striking and earliest crocuses to flower, Crocus sieberi Subsp. sublimis 'Tricolor' (Botanical Crocus) features large, fragrant flowers with rich purple petals and a golden throat beautifully edged with pure white.
Crocus speciosus 'Conqueror is a lovely fall-blooming Crocus with large, goblet shaped, rich violet blue blooms adorned with bright orange anthers. Usually the earliest fall crocus to bloom, 'Conqueror' also boasts the largest blooms within the Crocus speciosus varieties.
Incredibly pretty, Crocus tommasinianus 'Roseus' features elegant, slender-petalled, two-tone flowers, cyclamen pink adorned with a white heart and bright orange anthers on the inside, silvery-gray outside. Born on sturdy stems, they withstand wind and rain. The profuse flowering and spontaneous self-propagation makes this crocus a very great choice for naturalizing.
Fast spreading, Crocus tommasinianus 'Ruby Giant' boasts rich red-purple, star-shaped flowers adorned with bright orange anthers. Once the corms of 'Ruby Giant' have established themselves, their flowers will emerge year after year in seemingly infinite numbers. This early spring-flowering crocus is one of the best for naturalizing in grass.
Vigorous, Crocus tommasinianus 'Whitewell Purple' features elegant, slender-petalled, purple flowers adorned with silvery mauve inside and bright orange anthers. Born on sturdy stems, they withstand wind and rain. The profuse flowering and spontaneous self-propagation makes this crocus a very great choice for naturalizing.
When the crocuses pop up, winter is on the way out! Very few early-flowering bulbous, tuberous and cormous plants are as extensively planted as the Crocus. Indispensable for each and every garden, they join snowdrops, winter aconites and glory-of-the-snow as the very first heralds of spring.