Common Name: Spring crocus
Zone: 3 to 8
Height: 0.25 to 0.50 feet
Spread: 0.25 to 0.50 feet
Bloom Time: April
Bloom Description: Deep velvety purple
Sun: Full sun to part shade
Suggested Use: Naturalize
Flower: Showy, Good Cut
Tolerate: Deer, Clay Soil, Black Walnut
Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Plant corms about 2-3" deep and 2-3" apart in the fall. If planted in the lawn, crocuses should be grouped and left unmowed until foliage yellows in late spring.
Large flowering crocuses are among the most widely grown early spring bulbs (actually corms). Each 'Purpureus Grandiflorus' corm produces several upright, cuplike, deep velvety purple flowers on stems rising to 4-6" above basal, grass-like leaves. Versatile and easy to grow. Blooms shortly after snowdrops (Galanthus). Naturalizes well.
No serious insect or disease problems. Squirrels, mice and other rodents can be problems. Squirrels seem particularly adept at locating, digging up and eating newly planted corms.
Brings color and contrast to the early spring lawn and garden. Mass in lawns, under trees or in sunny woodland areas. Also may plant groupings in rock gardens, in front of shrubs or in various other nooks and crannies around the home.