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Dutch Crocus

Crocus vernus

Also known as

Dutch Crocus, Spring Crocus, Spring Crocus, Common Crocus, Large-Flowered Dutch Crocus

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Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Dutch Crocus Overview

Crocus vernus - commonly known as the Dutch Crocus - flower from spring to early summer. With some of the larger crocus flowers, ranging in colour from purple to white and striped, it makes a stunning display when planted en-masse and allowed to naturalise in a lawn. In autumn, plant corms 8-10cm deep and 7cm apart, ensuring you have the slightly pointed end up. These low maintenance perennials will only need watering once - at planting time, and will rot if planted in damper locations. Native to the Alps and Balkan peninsula, Crocus vernus has also been introduced and is thriving in Kentucky. While its flowers only last a few days, they are a vital food source for pollinating insects that are woken early by strong spring sunshine! Suitable for planting in many garden situations, the Dutch crocus is especially suited for naturalising in turf. It can also be grown indoors and has many cultivars.

Common problems with Dutch Crocus

Mice, Squirrels and Voles can dig up corms to eat and occasionally, birds will peck off the flowers. Stored corms are also prone to rots and mould.

    How to harvest Dutch Crocus

    Generally not harvested

    How to propagate Dutch Crocus


    Lift corms when dormant and separate the smaller cormlets that have grown around the parent. Replanting these as soon as possible, at the same depth and orientation.


    Division, Seeds, Naturalises, Bulb.


    Special features of Dutch Crocus

    Attractive flowers

    Attracts useful insects

    Several C. vernus subspecies are an 'RHS Plants for Pollinators plant'

    Other uses of Dutch Crocus

    Border, rock garden, ground cover, naturaliser, container, indoors


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