Crocus tommasinianus

Crocus tommasinianus, Ham House, 23 February 2021
Crocus tommasinianus, Ham House, 23 February 2021

Dwarf cormous perennial that naturalises beautifully. A small plant (10cm x 5cm), it is best used en masse to create effect – these are stunning.
Flowers appear in late winter, shortly followed by narrow leaves, and continue into spring. Colour ranges from pale lilac to deep reddish purple in the spps.

H x S: 0.10m x 0.15m

Aspect and soil: unfussy but best grown in full sun in poor to moderately fertile, well-drained soil that doesn’t get waterlogged.

Use: in lawns, where it will naturalise well, along hedges, or under deciduous trees.

Care: allow leaves to die down before pulling them out (if required).

Wildlife: good for winter pollinators.

Hazard: toxic if eaten.

Hardiness: H6