Spring Flowers in Minnesota

In 2001 I planted 50 corms each of Crocus tommasinianus and C. tommasinianus ‘Ruby Giant’. The first year the squirrels ate many of the corms, and in following years deer ate the foliage, and my husband closely circled the foliage with the lawn mower hoping no one would think he missed a spot. Despite these setbacks, the crocus have lived and are multiplying in the front lawn. Most are Ruby Giant, a darker red-purple than the species. It’s great to see spring in Minnesota! 


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University of Minnesota Professor and Extension Horticulturist
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