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Early Crocus

Crocus tommasinianus

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Early Crocus Overview

This species of crocus has long, white-tubed, silvery lilac to deep purple, flowers that appear in early spring. They emerge above narrow strap-like green leaves that have a white central strip. Crocus tommasinianus - or Early Crocus, as it's also known - is a good Crocus for naturalising in turf, as well as being suited to a wide variety of other garden situations. It prefers a gritty, moderately fertile to poor soil and needs a sunny position. Plant Early Crocus corms with the pointed end up at a depth of 8-10cm - in early Autumn. These eye-catching, low maintenance perennials will only need watering once - at planting time - and will rot if planted in damp locations. Crocus tommasinianus has several subspecies, including 'albus' that has white flowers.

Common problems with Early Crocus

How to propagate Early Crocus


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


Seeds, bulbs or sets.


Once ripe, sow into trays of compost three mm deep and place into a cold frame maintaining a temperature between 13°C to 18°C. Germination can take up to six weeks and the resulting seedlings should not be disturbed for two years. Flowers will appear in year three or four.

Special features of Early Crocus

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

An RHS 'Plants for Pollinators' plant.

Winter colour

Pot plant

Other uses of Early Crocus

Suits being grown in most situations from urban courtyards to rock to wildflower meadows.