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Snow Crocus Flowers - Pictures and Planting Information

Updated on November 16, 2015

Purple Snow Crocus - 'Ruby Giant'

Crocus Tommasinianus 'Ruby Giant' - Iridaceae.
Crocus Tommasinianus 'Ruby Giant' - Iridaceae. | Source

Easy to Grow and Beautiful Snow Crocus

The snow crocuses that emerge each spring are always a delight. Even when you know they are coming, it is still a pleasant thing to see as there just isn't that much else blooming quite yet.

Many people grow them right into their lawns, which is on my gardening list of things to do in the future! It isn't quite time to mow the lawn, so it doesn't hurt to have these particular flowers growing right out of the grass.

Many of the crocus you see today are a blend of different species that are members of the iris family. You will notice that in some of the photos I share here. These are found throughout the Mediterranean.

The colors of crocus that you will see include lavender, purple, yellow and white. Many have stripes or different variations on them. The yellow ones are usually like a buttercup yellow color, very rich yellow color. The basic size of the crocus plant is approximately six by six inches.

Bees Love Early Spring Bloomers like Crocus

For some reason I was so surprised to see this bee, but then I shouldn't have been.  While still cold, this bee was very busy finding what he could.  This little crocus fit the bill.
For some reason I was so surprised to see this bee, but then I shouldn't have been. While still cold, this bee was very busy finding what he could. This little crocus fit the bill. | Source

Bright Golden Yellow Crocus Flower

This sweet little yellow crocus flower, while small, commands a lot of attention in the late winter, early spring garden.
This sweet little yellow crocus flower, while small, commands a lot of attention in the late winter, early spring garden. | Source

Tips on Planting Crocus Bulbs

The best time to plant crocus is the late fall to early winter. It is best to plant crocuses in good organic soil, that is also going to be well drained. Go for rich, fertile soil, and a spot that doesn't sit i water for any period of time.

As for daylight considerations, afternoon shade locations encourage longer bloom time.

Get the site ready by clearing the are of unwanted plants and work in some organic material, etc. It is a great idea to work the soil with a spade.

Crocuses are a good first bulb to plant with children or new gardeners. All that is needed is to dig a hole three times (or four), the width of the bulb, with pointed part pointing upward. Fill back in with the soil, and tap it to firm it up. Or, you can plant several bulbs at a time in one large hole. They should not be touching, however.

Snow Crocus - Crocus tommasinianus - Iridaceae

These little snow crocus flowers are from the Balkans, Hungary, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Montenegro.  These were growing in Missouri, USA.
These little snow crocus flowers are from the Balkans, Hungary, Bulgaria, Serbia, and Montenegro. These were growing in Missouri, USA. | Source

Planting Crocus as a Companion Plant

The snow crocus blooms look great as a backdrop for this witch hazel tree.  There just isn't that much blooming this time of year, and these can grow nicely together.
The snow crocus blooms look great as a backdrop for this witch hazel tree. There just isn't that much blooming this time of year, and these can grow nicely together. | Source

Crocus - Growing Tips and Care

During the growing season, if it gets very dry, make sure to keep the crocuses watered. Do this until the leaves are no longer green. Let the foliage remain until over half of it is brown, if you are able. Don't mow the lawn until mid May has passed as well.

As far as possible pests and diseases, these are not usually a problem.

Clustering crocuses in plantings has a very nice effect along walkways or drive ways. They look great surrounding little trees and shrubs as seen in the one photo below. They also look great mixed in among other spring bulbs, etc.

Crocuses look great growing right in front and back lawns, though it can be easy to almost walk right over the tops of them if you aren't' careful..

Beautiful Bunch of Purple Snow Crocus

The color of these snow crocus are amazing.
The color of these snow crocus are amazing. | Source

Another Busy Bee Finding an early Crocus Flower

This was literally one of very few blooming crocuses at the time.  It was amazing the bees have them sought out already and are taking advantage of them.  Notice the new ones ready to come out of the ground soon.
This was literally one of very few blooming crocuses at the time. It was amazing the bees have them sought out already and are taking advantage of them. Notice the new ones ready to come out of the ground soon. | Source

Planning Ahead for Crocuses in the Garden

It is always a joy to plan a garden, especially if time allows, and in the winter when its too dreary to do much anyway in the garden. You can get a lot done in the way of planning.

Crocuses seem to draw a lot of attention as one of natures first bloomers in many areas. For this reason alone, it makes me want to try growing them at least once. When I heard it was easy for even kids to grow them, well I have no excuse! There seems to be a great pay off for a very little bit of time invested, never mind the fact you are truly helping some of the hardest working pollinators out there.

Purple Snow Crocus - 'Ruby Giant'

These purple snow crocus flowers were so beautiful in the sunshine
These purple snow crocus flowers were so beautiful in the sunshine | Source

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    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Brownella, We have had a long and unique winter here this year, so I hear you. I am so glad you enjoyed the photos, and love that you plant a lot of bulbs. I hope to do more of that. What you said at the end made me smile, about seeing new blooms at the end of a long day. Blooms cheer me up too, I just love them. Thanks for your kind words, visit and comment, and yes Spring will be here before you know it!

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      brownella 

      4 years ago from New England

      Love all your photographs, especially as our spring is a bit delayed here. I plant hundreds of bulbs each fall, and am always adding more crocuses under the two big maple trees in our front lawn. It always make me smile to spot new ones as I walk up the front path after a long day. Thanks for sharing, its nice to have a cheerful reminder that spring will arrive eventually :-)

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Phyllis, I am glad you love the snow crocus, and I can see why. As you said, they are like receiving a gift of beauty, and I think that is so true! I appreciate your comment, thank you so much!

    • oceansnsunsets profile imageAUTHOR

      Paula 

      4 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Kevin, always great to have you stop by. I think crocuses would be so great in a bird garden. I grew a small bird garden year ago, though my emphasis is more on butterflies. Sometimes they overlap too though. I appreciate your comment and vote, thank you!

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 

      4 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi oceansnsunsets. Such a wonderful hub. I love the Snow Crocus. To see them coming up so soon after the cold winter months is like receiving a gift of beauty. I love your photos.

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      The Examiner-1 

      4 years ago

      Hello again. :-) This was interesting. I used to have crocuses in a bird garden that I grew years ago. I loved the photos and your explanation. You did a swell job at it. Again I gave it a thumbs up and shared it.

      Kevin

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