Early Crocus - Crocus tommasinianus

    Alt Name
    Snow Crocus
    Description

    Crocus tommasinianus has long tubed flowers which appear in early spring, as the narrow leaves emerge; the flowers vary from lilac to deep purple, sometimes paler outside. In this species the throat has no yellow and the flowers have white outer tepals.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Usually introduced along roadsides and streamsides or found where garden waste containing the bulbs has been deposited.

    When to see it

    Flowering in the first three months of the year and normally in flower a couple of weeks before other purple crocus species.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    UK Status

    Widespread as an introduction or garden escape in most parts of Britain.

    VC55 Status

    It probably occurs fairly frequently as an introduction or garden escape in Leicestershire and Rutland, but was little recorded in the past. It was not included in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    Map key:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records:

    • RED = 2020+
    • DARK BLUE = 2015-2019
    • LIGHT BLUE = pre 2015

    UK Map