- Position: full sun
- Soil: gritty, poor to moderately-fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: February to March
- Flower colour: lilac-grey
- Other features: slender, strap-shaped, dull green leaves
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Bulb size: 7/8
One of the first of the large flowering crocus to come into bloom each year, the violet-grey flowers provide a vital source of nectar for early bumblebees and other beneficial insects. Plant in big swathes and leave them undisturbed and their numbers will increase each year.
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