Thursday, March 11, 2010

Crocus laevigatus

The little crocus in the image above is Crocus laevigatus. This is the form widely distributed under the name fontenayi, a name no longer recognized by botanists. Sometimes this is a fall blooming crocus, but this stock  almost always waits until well into winter to bloom. This year, it was blooming before the heavy snowfalls. When the snow finally melted, the flowers were still there. It took a day or two for them to iron out the creases, but soon they were blooming as if there had been no snow. This one has grown here for years without any apparent problems.

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