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Crocus vernus (Dutch crocus)

Crocus vernus Photo/Illustration: David Cavagnaro

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Crocus vernus KROW-kus VER-nus Common Name: Dutch crocus 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.
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, Naturalizing, Formal Garden, Woodland Garden
Style Cottage Garden, Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest
Type Bulbs

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