‘Ruby Giant’ Crocus

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I love this little-big flower, Crocus tommasinianus ‘Ruby Giant.’ The name is confusing here (if not a bit of a stretch) as it speaks to the flower size in relation to others in its species rather than within the crocus world as a whole. It is actually a cute little cup of a thing, much smaller than the big hybrids you see available as a forced potted bulb this time of year.

It is so graceful with its long, stretching neck and petals that open wide in the sun. I took this photo on a cheerfully bright afternoon last week and it was a delight to see them in exactly the same state today, nearly a week later.

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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5 thoughts on “‘Ruby Giant’ Crocus

  1. Crocus’s (croci?) make my heart happy. The purple tommasinianus is lovely. I have some intrepid yellow ones that are braving our bi-polar Indiana spring.

  2. Gayla,
    You’ve captured in this picture the way crocus glow in the sun.
    In answer to Kari’s question, I think her crocus are the C. tommasinianus species, but not the “Ruby Giant’ cultivar. A good thing too as I find the straight species is hard to find, whereas “Ruby Giant’ and ‘Whitwell Purple’ are readily available.

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