Crocuses of Different Colours

Pale crocus
Crocuses are spirited little flowers, their small trumpets standing eager on impossibly frail tubes.

Lilac crocus

Orange or yellow stigmas and pollen-bearing anthers provide a fine contrast to the sheeny, iridescent petals.

Crocus with stripes

The purple petals of this more unusual specimen has a lightly veined effect.

Purple crocus in the bud
Crocuses in the bud

It’s always interesting to see crocuses just before the buds open when the flowers are protected by a pale covering, and it’s easier to make out the central white stripe on the strappy leaves.

Purple crocus among leaf litter

Once open, they are fugacious – their flimsy flowers are no match for winter gales and wind, so soon become raggedy and drop exhausted to the ground.

Purple crocuses growing at the foot of a tree

The flowers’ frailness makes them unlikely to be picked. Gathering the first one would prove a disaster.

Pinkish crocus

But were I a bee, out in winter sunshine, I know where I’d be heading.

Sunny crocuses

Shared as part of Cee’s Flower of The Day

41 Replies to “Crocuses of Different Colours”

  1. They’re such a beautiful flower. Since picking them isn’t advised, I plucked a new word from your post, instead: ‘fugacious.’ At first I didn’t like it, but once I figured out it was reminding me of ‘pugnacious,’ I decided both words could fit the crocus. After all, it fights against winter to bloom in early spring.

    1. It reminds me of fugative. Their bulbs are very persistent so I’d agree they are sturdy and pugnacious below, flimsy and fugacious above.

    1. I believe I still have some species ones but if so, they are still to raise their heads. I was inspecting for them yesterday. I haven’t given up hope but…

  2. Me too on the new word! Thank you! Of course I was fascinated by the tiny grove of white buds. And that one white crocus amid the backlit purples — it knows its worth! I have two whole crocuses that come up in the front; I’ve been watching for them but they usually wait until I’m not looking and then the pop up and bloom in a great gotcha!

    1. I wondered if anyone would notice the white one. My species crocus are in hiding. If they have taken a peep this morning they no doubt decided it isn’t worth coming out in a hailstorm.

  3. Such a lovely coincidence! I saw these flowers blooming outside my daughterโ€™s school today, and we were both wonderning what they are called ๐Ÿ™‚ Now I know ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Oh so pretty ๐Ÿ™‚ I thought I had them bulbs mine were Daffodils & they are blooming this week here in NE Tennessee ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Wonderful to take a closer look at them with you, Susan. Magical little things. I have a picture in memory of great swathes of them, tripping down a bank. Like a fanfare of Spring ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I did think about including a picture of a patch of them, but decided it was a bit too blurry. Luckily you have one in your mind!

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