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Crocus tommasinianus 'Whitewell Purple'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Crocus (KROH-kus) (Info)
Species: tommasinianus (toh-mas-see-nee-AH-nus) (Info)
Cultivar: Whitewell Purple

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2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Alpines and Rock Gardens

under 6 in. (15 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Winter


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive sallyg On Mar 9, 2013, sallyg from Anne Arundel,, MD (Zone 7b) wrote:

Very early bloomer, it began end of February this year,where my 'regular' crocus have yet to start. This makes Crocus tom. at least a week earlier. It has survived planted among maple tree roots. Plant it where you will see it easily even if chilly weather keeps you inside. My only negative is that it often seems to be hit with passing cloudy or rainy weather- it closes up in clouds and gets beat by the rain. You have to make some effort to enjoy them, but they are worth it!

Neutral smiln32 On Nov 15, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Great naturalizing crocus and an early bloomer. One of the hardiest crocus species. Can become "weedy" as it self-sows freely and the little babies have a tough time growing up if there is too much competition with the other bulbs.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Garberville, California
Millersville, Maryland
Fort Jennings, Ohio

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