From Encyclopedia of Medicinal Plants
Crocus tommasinianus, the woodland crocus,<ref>Template:PLANTS</ref> early crocus,<ref name=BSBI07>Template:Cite web</ref> or Tommasini's crocus, often referred to as 'tommies', were named after the botanist Muzio G. Spirito de Tommasini (1794-1879), who was Mayor of the city of Trieste. They are native to Bulgaria, Hungary, Albania, and the former Yugoslavia.<ref>Kew World Checklist of Selected Plant Families</ref> They are often referred to as early or snow crocuses, but these terms are shared with several other species, although C. tommasinianus is amongst the first to bloom.
It is a cormous perennial of the Crocus genus in the Iridaceae family with a lilac flower, and is one of the smaller of the cultivated species. It has slender flowers about Template:Convert long, with white perianth tubes, petals (6) pale silvery lilac to reddish purple, while the outer petals may be overlaid with silver and darker tips. A variant, C. tommasinianus f. albus, is white. Its cultivars are used as ornamental plants. Height: Template:Convert
It naturalises easily earning an official recognition as a weed. It is often planted in large drifts in gardens and parks.
- 'Barr's Purple' (amethyst violet)
- 'Lilac Beauty' (purple)
- 'Roseus' (Pink Snow)
- 'Ruby Giant' (purple)
- 'Whitewell Purple' (silvery reddish purple flowers, pale mauve on the inside)
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