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Crocus Crocus Winter Flowering tommasinianus
The silvery lilac species, well known as one of the loveliest of the early Spring Crocus often blooming in January. By far the best for naturalising seeding itself freely
Height: 10cm / 4"
RHS Award of Garden Merit: RHS Award of Garden Merit
Flowering Time: January-March
Primary Colour: Purple
Recommended For Showing: Yes
One of the hardiest species and a great naturaliser, tommasinianus has long slender cups of pale lavender blue with the outside shaded silvery-grey. tommasinianus has also been presented the RHS Award of Merit. Crocus is a genus of about 75 species. It is a native of the Mediterranean and gets its name from the Chaldean word for saffron. The flowers are usually borne singly and have three inner and three outer segments which create a globular appearance. During dull weather and at night they stay closed up to protect their nectar for butterflies and bees which visit on sunny days. If left undisturbed, crocus increase rapidly creating a carpet of radiant colours from self-sown seed as well as the natural multiplying of the bulb.