Also known as
Dutch Crocus, Spring Crocus, Spring Crocus, Common Crocus, Large-Flowered Dutch Crocus
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5 years to reach maturity
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
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