Five tiny crocuses appeared on my front lawn in March 2022. I remember seeing them from time to time throughout the years. No one had bothered with them for a long time and the bulbs are supposed to be separated every four years so they can continue blooming. I’m surprised they continue to come up at all.
I haven’t been able to find the exact variety but they seem to be a “species crocus.” Species crocuses are the first of the crocus to bloom in spring. Varieties of species crocus have dainty, one-inch flowers and are short in height, maturing at six inches or less.
Just learned that crocus “bulbs” are actually “corms.” Found a great article that explains the difference between Bulbs, Corms, Rhizomes and Tubers.
As they are a cultivated flower not native to the U.S., these crocuses were probably introduced to the property by my mom for her flower garden. We always used to enjoy watching the first signs of spring peeking up through the snow in March!
Happy Spring! (And if anyone can indentify the variety of crocus, please share in the comments!)
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And Now for the Science…
Crocuses (Crocus) are native to the Mediterranean, eastern Europe and northwest China. Species crocuses are the first of the crocus to bloom in spring. Varieties of species crocus have dainty, one-inch flowers and are short in height, maturing at six inches or less.
Sources: Wikipedia, BulbBlog