Crocus: A Symbol of Spring

The crocus is one of the first flowers of Spring in the gardens. It even grows in cold regions of Northern Europe and Canada.

The crocus is a hardy plant  with a bulb. There are 80 species as well as a great number of hybrids and various shapes. The bulbs originate from Europe, Northern Africa and Asia. They belong to the family of iris. Their beautiful colours vary a lot: lilac blue, mauve, purple, yellow and white. It is possible to divide the species and hybrids according to when they bloom, some appearing in Autumn. The elegant foliage generally presents a silver white stria and resembles herb.

The crocus is very hardy and even grows in Northern Europe, in Scandinavia and Canada. The bulbs should be planted in the early Autumn, in a fresh soil and in a sunny or half-shade location.

When these plants begin to appear in the gardens of Europe, Spring is coming really soon. They announce the season of flowers, even if sometimes they peep up from the snow.      

Cultivars of Crocus Vernus and Crocus Flavus.

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Crocus Etruscus

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Crocus Luteus.

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Crocus hybrid.

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White crocus.

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  1. gaby7 Says...

    On February 26, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Very beautiful flowers I must say!


  2. pguims Says...

    On February 26, 2011 at 9:15 am

    beautiful flowers.. unfortunately, there are no such flowers in my country.. i got to plant them only in Farm Town.. lol! interesting share..


  3. UncleSammy Says...

    On February 26, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Nice share


  4. Nikita Phadke Says...

    On February 26, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Thanks for sharing the information,the flower looks Beautiful!


  5. Likha Says...

    On February 26, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Wow, they grow in different colors. Pguims is right, we don’t see them here. Another flower lesson I learned tonight. Thanks for the well-written text and lovely pictures.


  6. SongbirdB Says...

    On February 26, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Beautiful, informative work as always Francois…The photos and illustration are amazing…You brighten my heart with thoughts of Spring to come…Thank you..


  7. Stable Says...

    On February 26, 2011 at 10:29 am

    I love this flower. In fact, I am currently looking at some out of my office window here in France. Lovely article and pictures Francois.


  8. lolontka Says...

    On February 26, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    Beautiful flowers, thank you for sharing.


  9. Marie Milton Says...

    On February 26, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Interesting article ;) Doesn’t saffron come from some species of crocus too =P


  10. Francois Hagnere Says...

    On February 26, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Thank you for your comments. You’re right, Marie, for saffron.


  11. Starpisces Says...

    On February 26, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    OMG, so beautiful, oh! Very well written too.


  12. DaYong Says...

    On February 26, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    beautiful pictures and article!


  13. Linvio Says...

    On February 26, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    i can’t take my eyes off it. lovely pictures.


  14. BZZB2010 Says...

    On February 26, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Cool can’t wait


  15. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On February 26, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Lovely crocuses, I had them in my yard before I moved to an apartment.


  16. pippe vonkuhne Says...

    On February 26, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    You know I had never noticed the stria or pale strip along the foliage. Always so informative, Fran├žois, and the illustrations are to die for. Thank you, Pippe.


  17. UncleSammy Says...

    On February 27, 2011 at 12:52 am

    A good One


  18. tonywriter Says...

    On February 27, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Those are beautiful pictures Fran and I also love spring, it’s one of my fav season including winter :) Thanks


  19. FX777222999 Says...

    On February 27, 2011 at 8:22 am

    Beautiful pictures and nice topic my friend.


  20. anndavey650 Says...

    On February 27, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    I love seeing these… they mean spring is finally here at last. Fantastic pictures!


  21. youthinksokiddo Says...

    On February 27, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    nice, my first time seeing these


  22. Sharif Ishnin Says...

    On February 28, 2011 at 1:22 am

    Never seen this before. They are lovely flowers my friend.


  23. Christine Ramsay Says...

    On February 28, 2011 at 10:22 am

    We went out to a hotel for coffee yesterday overlooking the sea and the front lawn was covered in a carpet of these beautiful flowers. I love them, as they herald the Spring. A great post.

    Christine


  24. Francois Hagnere Says...

    On March 1, 2011 at 5:38 am

    Thank you all for your lovely comments.


  25. Edsss Says...

    On March 1, 2011 at 6:14 am

    They look so beautiful and you write it very well :)


  26. bailieman Says...

    On March 3, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    A lawn carpeted with crocuses looks wonderful.


  27. eaa1118 Says...

    On March 4, 2011 at 6:17 am

    Hello:-)

    Superb, My Dear Friend!!!:-)

    Now YOU’RE back!:-)


  28. MJ Sunderland Says...

    On March 7, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Horticulture, as well. You’re such an expert, Francois. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.


  29. Diverseblogger Says...

    On March 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    Stunning Images Francois! Thank you for sharing and keep up the wonderful job :)


  30. samgoldencoffee Says...

    On March 11, 2011 at 3:00 am

    magnificent flowers.they are really beautiful.
    great post,francois.


  31. Antonello Says...

    On March 17, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    fantastic ))


  32. Marco22331 Says...

    On March 21, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    fantastic.. very nice picteres


  33. Rana Sinha Says...

    On March 28, 2011 at 2:55 am

    Lovely. I’m eagerly waiting for our crocuses to come up. Spring is very late this year and we still have snow here.


  34. Marco22331 Says...

    On April 4, 2011 at 5:38 am

    beautiful… i must see again this post…


  35. leannehume Says...

    On April 8, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Very pretty flowers, thankyou.


  36. payaltyagi Says...

    On May 23, 2011 at 5:30 am

    Good Sharing


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