The blooms gleam reddish purple, an exceptionally good solid color. Vigorous and showy, Crocus tommasinianus ‘Ruby Giant’ is also squirrel resistant. For a real splash, plant this Species Crocus alongside bulbs with yellow flowers. Early.
There are 2 types of spring-blooming Crocuses—the species and the hybrids, which are generally listed as selections of C. vernus. The former are notable for their unusual coloration, the latter for their large flowers. Species Crocuses generally bloom earlier than the hybrids, so by using both kinds, you prolong the season. The bulbs (properly, corms) multiply rapidly and can be planted anywhere a dash of early color is wanted.