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Early Crocus 'Whitewell Purple'

Crocus tommasinianus 'Whitewell Purple'

Also known as

Crocus 'Whitewell Purple'

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Early Crocus 'Whitewell Purple' Overview

Crocus tommasinianus 'Whitewell Purple' has long, white-tubed, deep purple flowers that appear in early spring with orange stamen. They emerge above narrow strap-like green leaves that have a white central stripe. Crocus tommasinianus - or Early Crocus, as it's also known - is a good Crocus for naturalising in turf, as well as being suited to a wide variety of other garden situations. It prefers a gritty, moderately fertile to poor soil and needs a sunny position. Plant Early Crocus corms with the pointed end up at a depth of 8-10cm - in early Autumn. These eye-catching, low maintenance perennials will only need watering once - at planting time - and will rot if planted in damp locations.

Common problems with Early Crocus 'Whitewell Purple'

How to propagate Early Crocus 'Whitewell Purple'



Lift corms when dormant and separate the smaller cormels that have grown around the parent. Replanting these as soon as possible, at the same depth and orientation.


Once ripe, sow into trays of compost three mm deep and place into a cold frame maintaining a temperature between 13C to 18C. Germination can take up to six weeks and the resulting seedlings should not be disturbed for two years. Flowers will appear in year three or four.

Special features of Early Crocus 'Whitewell Purple'

Attractive flowers

Ground cover

Pot plant

Winter colour

Attracts useful insects

An RHS 'Plants for Pollinators' plant.

Other uses of Early Crocus 'Whitewell Purple'

Suits being grown in most situations from urban courtyards to rock to wildflower meadows.