Crocus vernus ‘Pickwick’ is an early blooming spring corm that is primarily native to high alpine in Europe (Pyrenees. Alps, and Carpathians). Many popular hybrids of this crocus have been developed over the years.
Species and hybrids are commonly called Dutch crocus, large flowering crocus, giant crocus, and spring crocus. Growing up to 4-6 inches tall, this beauty naturalizes easily and will come back year after year!
The genus name comes from Krokos the ancient Greek name for saffron (Crocus sativus), which is one of the most ancient plant names. C. ‘Pickwick’ has elegant six-petaled, 5’” tall flowers that only open when the sun shines, and close on rainy days and at night. Also, it has a grass-like foliage with narrow, medium silver-white stripes. These stunning flowers are usually the mark the arrival of spring as they bloom in late March for about 3 weeks.
|Botanical Name||Crocus vernus ‘Pickwick’|
|Common Name||crocus ‘Pickwick’|
|USDA Zone||3 thru 8|
|Light Requirement||Full Sun to Part Shade|
|Season(s) of interest||spring|
|Height and Spread||3-6in x 3-6in (7-15cm x 7-15cm)|
|Flower Color||Light Lilac|
|Attracts Wildlife||Attracts Pollinators, Rarely Browsed by Mammalian Herbivores|
|Additional Information||Not Native to the US Midwest. Horticultural origin|
|Location in Lurie Garden||Northeast Light Plate, Southeast Light Plate|