Spring Color Comes to Lurie
The shades of golden and brown that blanket the garden are interrupted by the stunning colors of our early spring bulbs. At Lurie Garden we grow Crocus tommasinianus, ‘Barr’s Purple’ and ‘Ruby Giant.' These cultivars naturalize over time providing the garden with eye-catching masses of the true purple color of ‘Ruby Giant’ and the silvery, red-violet hue of ‘Barr’s Purple.” Crocus tommasinianus, native to Hungary and Yugoslavia, was named for the mayor of Trieste, Muzio Spirito de Tommasini (1794-1879), an accomplished botanist who during his tenor as mayor erected a natural history museum and encouraged botanical study.
Crocus 'Ruby Giant' Crocus 'Barr's Purple'
This crocus is one of the earliest bulbs to bloom in Chicago at the end of winter. There are more than 80 different crocus species, 30 of which are in cultivation, belonging to the Iridaceae (iris) family. You can view these harbingers of spring in the Light Plate where the corms are inter-planted with the sleeping salvia, evoking the coming summer display of the Salvia River’s deep purples and blues.