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Crocus: Lost Forever?

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Though preservation is our mission, bulbs drop out of our catalog every year.

Sometimes it’s because the harvest was too small. Sometimes it’s because they’re widely available elsewhere and don’t need our help. And sometimes it’s because we’ve lost our only known source due to severe weather (cold, drought, etc.), health problems (a debilitating stroke), or economic woes (small farmers are always at risk).

The good news is that, in time, we’re often able to return these bulbs to our catalog. So here’s a list of many we’ve offered in the past. For an alert the moment they’re available again, subscribe to our free email newsletter. Or to find a similar bulb, try our easy Advanced Bulb Search.


Fall-planted:     Crocus       Daffodils       Hyacinths       Lilies       Peonies       Tulips       Diverse

Spring-planted:     Cannas       Dahlias       Daylilies       Gladiolus       Iris       Diverse


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tommasinianus ALBUS, 1847

Radiant against the moist dark earth of spring, these slender-petaled stars are as eager and prolific as all of our tommies. You’ll enjoy multiple blooms per corm, and a “Starry Night” that gets better every year. C. tommasinianus, Zones 5b-8a(8bWC). Last offered in 2008. If you’d like to be notified the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for an email alert.


LITTLE DORRITT, 1943

Rated one of the “most rodent-resistant” in trials at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, this luminous, pale amethyst gem is named for the Dickens heroine born in a gloomy prison yet destined for the sunshine. C. vernus, zones 4a-7a(8bWC), from Holland. Last offered in 2007. If you’d like to be notified the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for an email alert.


PAULUS POTTER, 1920

“Ruby-purple,” says Roy Genders. “Almost magenta,” says E.A. Bowles. “Splendid!” says Louise Beebe Wilder. This vibrant, vanishing jewel is the rosiest purple of all the traditional crocus. C. vernus, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from one last Dutch farmer. Last offered in 2015. If you’d like to be notified the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for an email alert.


PETER PAN, 1943

When ‘Snowbunting’ fades, this magic boy takes over, extending the season’s sparkle. Pair it with ‘Negro Boy’ for a dramatic “Ebony and Ivory.” C. vernus, zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. Last offered in 2014. If you’d like to be notified the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for an email alert.


C. tommasinianus PICTUS, 1914

Add some zing to your spring with this jewel-box crocus. Its soft lavender petals are tipped with deep purple for a glittering, almost polka-dotted effect. It’s not cheap, but it may be our most exciting crocus, and it self-sows happily! Zones 5a-8a(8bWC), from Holland. Last offered in 2014. If you’d like to be notified the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for an email alert.


PURPUREUS GRANDIFLORA, 1870

True stock! Deep, vivid purple, this Victorian relic is the oldest purple C. vernus still available. Why has it outlasted all of its peers? Grow it and you’ll know: great beauty and wonderful VIGOR. Zones 4a-7a(8bWC), from Holland. Last offered in 2003. Though bulbs by this name are offered elsewhere, all are counterfeits. The true ‘Purpureus Grandiflora’ is “commercially extinct.”


REMEMBRANCE, 1925

This shimmering lilac is as close to perfect as any crocus we’ve ever grown. After 20 years, it still moves us. Zones 4a-7a(8bWC), from Holland. Last offered in 2005. If you’d like to be notified the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for an email alert.


C. chrysanthus SNOWBUNTING, 1914

“If I could have only one crocus,” the great Southern gardener Elizabeth Lawrence wrote, “it would be this.” She praised its “pearly” buds opening in January in Raleigh, its golden throat, and its “delightful, strong, and musk-like” fragrance. And it’s equally fine up North! Zones 4a-7b(8bWC), from Holland. If you’d like to be notified the next time we offer this treasure, sign up for an email alert.


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