12 responses to “Crocus tommasinianus cultivar”

  1. Daniel Mosquin

    If anyone wants to chime in on likely culprits for the identity of the cultivar, it’d be appreciated.

  2. Nancy Rose

    It looks a lot like Crocus tommasinianus ‘Ruby Giant’ to me. C. vernus has larger flowers and blooms slightly later than C. tommasinianus but, minus a size reference in the photo, it’s hard to determine species.
    Nancy Rose

  3. Eric Hunt

    Love me some spring crocus. We’ve had Crocus chrysanthus ‘Ard Schenk’ in bloom now for about a week. It’s not flinched at temps down to 10 degrees, either, with the buds and flowers unaffected.

  4. RP

    I agree that it looks more like C. tommasinianus, probably ‘Ruby Giant’, though that is just a probable based on availability. Haven’t seen such a reddish purple in C. vernus, while it is common in C. tommasinianus.

  5. Ron B

    I think it is a “tommie” also.

  6. BasiaK

    Same opinion and what is more, Crocus tomm. plants usually bloom earlier than cultivars of C.vernus (or Crocus x cultorum, as some call them). Apart from ‘Ruby Giant’, there is a cultivar called ‘Whitewell Purple’, which is similar in colouring.

  7. Jessica

    Not to be flippant, but
    What’s in a name? That which we call a Crocus vernus by any other name would be as sweet to the eye and gladden the heart.
    Sorry for the tortured reference. I just couldn’t help it. LOL
    I have many crocuses in my little garden and they brighten the late winter days with their glorious colors. The contrast of the dark purple petals and bright stamens and anthers in this photo is gorgeous.
    As always, it’s really interesting to read about this plant’s unique qualities…the exquisite sensitivity to temperature.

  8. Barbara Lamb

    Thank you for the glimpse of a spring flower. The snow on my Front garden in Toronto is now at shoulder height but I know there are crocus down there somewhere, biding their time.

  9. elizabeth a airhart

    4000 years of human association all bright and lovely
    for us to enjoy and hopefully for many more years
    with the kind of winter we have had here in the states
    we should have carpets of flowers and tis st valentines flower

  10. Estelle Clack

    We love to see the crocus come up in Spring around the tree trunks and along the bank in front of our house (along with the Daffodils and Tulips). It reminds my husband Peter and me of England in the Spring time. Estelle Clack

  11. Daniel Mosquin

    Thanks, all. Starting with the incorrectly-identified species would explain why I was having difficulty tracking down a matching cultivar name.
    I’ve updated the name, will ask Taisha to make some changes to the entry as well.

  12. Don Fenton

    I contacted an expert friend, Marcus Harvey of Tasmania. Here is his comment:
    Looks like Ruby Giant. Such a great plant.
    I have another beauty from Otto Fauser via David Glenn. It is the Italian form of C. vernus called C. neapolitanus.

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