Sunday, March 8, 2009

Crocus tomasinianus: I have heard people call this weedy, but really.....

I have lived within a few blocks of this drift of crocus for almost 25 years and I still look forward to it every spring. They are tough little plants; the zoysia doesn't even faze them. About a block of houses on Riggs Road just where it diverges from Powder Mill have some amount of these in their yards. This is a particularly large and thick section. Obviously it spreads by both corm proliferation and seed.

Crocus tomasinianus, actually sometimes called "Early Crocus" is an eastern European species, and clearly a good choice for naturalizing. Possibly we should exercise caution naturalizing near wild areas, but I expect that there is no much harm in this planting in the middle of suburbia.

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