Crocus tommasinianus

Family: Iridaceae
Popular name: Botanical crocus

Flower colour: blue, mauve, purple (lavender)

Flowering period: February – March

Average plant height: 7.5 cm

Planting depth to base of bulb: 12.5 cm

Spacing between bulbs: 2.5 cm

Light requirements: full sun to partial shade

Landscape uses: borders, rock gardens, in lawns, under shrubs and trees, and for indoor forcing

Practically all cultivars have bluish to purple flower colours, some examples being ‘Barr’s Purple’, ‘Ruby Giant’, and ‘Whitewell Purple’. Their profuse flowering and spontaneous self-propagation make them a very good choice for naturalising.