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 Purple/Lavender Flower, White Flower Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Formal Garden, Naturalizing, Woodland Garden Style Cottage Garden, Rock Garden Seasonal Interest Spring Interest Type Bulbs Related Plants to Crocus vernus 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 common snowdrop Galanthus nivalis 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 giant snowdrop Galanthus elwesii 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Tulip Tulipa greigii 'Calypso' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Large-Cupped Daffodil Narcissus 'Ceylon' View the discussion thread.