Dutch crocus Crocus vernus Photo/Illustration: David Cavagnaro 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Dutch crocus (Crocus vernus) KROW-kus VER-nus Genus: Crocus Dutch crocus is one of the hardiest, if not the hardiest, crocus species readily available to home gardeners. A true harbinger of spring, it can be planted in borders, rock gardens, and even lawns. After flowering, the foliage must be left intact until it withers, which may cause lawn-mower anxiety in some gardeners. Often sold as "mixed crocus," cultivars of this species are typically white, lilac, or purple and white striped. Noteworthy Characteristics: Very early blooming; naturalizes in lawn. Care: Provide full sun to light shade and average, well-drained soil. In fall, plant corms four inches deep in groups of six or more. Lift and separate them after four or five years, discarding the mother corm. Propagation: Divide every four or five years. Problems: Nothing serious, but squirrels and mice may eat the corms. Overview Height Less than 6 in. Spread Less than 6 in. Growth Habit Clumps Growth Pace Moderate Grower Light Full Sun to Part Shade Moisture Medium Moisture Maintenance Low Characteristics Showy Flowers Bloom Time Early Spring, Spring Flower Color Niagara, White Uses Beds and Borders, Container Style Cottage Garden, Rock Garden Seasonal Interest Spring Interest Type Bulbs Crocus vernusView the discussion thread.