If you are looking for a crocus to naturalize into a lawn then Crocus tommasinianus is worth consideration.
Not only will it multiply through offsets or bulblets but it will also self seed a lot more readily than most. It is a spring flowering species so plant them in autumn ready for a wonderful show in spring.
This is an early species from Bulgaria through to Hungary. They are also useful in the border, in pots and as additions window boxes.
- Crocus tommasinianus var. roseus deeper pink flowers than the species
- Crocus tommasinianus var. alba has white flowers
- Crocus tommasinianus 'Barr's Purple' has deeper lilac/purple flowers
- Crocus tommasinianus Ruby Giant', is a sterile cultivar with reddish purple flowers
- Plant Crocus tommasinianus 8cm deep (3 - 4 inches) at around 4cm apart
- Full sun and humus rich a well drained soil
- Let foliage die back before mowing
- Fertilize with some liquid seaweed fertilizer in spring
- Mark larger clumps when in flower and divide in summer to autumn