- Position: full sun or light dappled shade
- Soil: gritty, poor to moderately fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: February and March
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Bulb size: 5/6
The flowers on this small crocus can vary from pale slivery lilac to reddish purple, but whatever the colour, it is always a welcome sight in late winter. This is one of the easiest crocuses to naturalise as it will self-seed readily. A good companion for dwarf grasses - or lawns that have had a trim late in the autumn - so the flowers can be better seen. It is more tolerant of shade than many of its counterparts, so is a good choice for woodland areas. It will also be a magnet for whatever insects may be active so early in the year.
- Garden care: Plant bulbs in tight clusters to form naturalistic drifts 10cm deep where they can be left undisturbed for several years. Keep a look out for mice or squirrel damage. This can sometimes be avoided by laying a piece of chicken wire over the bulbs before you cover them with soil. If you are growing these in grass, avoid mowing it until the leaves have completely died back.
- CAUTION do not eat ornamental bulbs
“The self-seeding crocus for naturalising in grass where the long-necked flowers can punctuate the earliest-spring sunshine - opening their silver-backed flowers to rejoice.”
Val Bourne - Garden Writer