Habitat: shady places, or in pots under glass
Height: 10 cm
Width: 15 cm
Soil: with humus
heralds the end of winter. In some years we have even had one or two flowers open by Christmas, even in Scotland. Whenever they first reflex their petals to give the distinctively shaped blooms, they stay in flower for several months, and then show their attractively patterned round leaves. Under the species name comes a range of leaf patterns and flower colours.
a white-flowered form of this fine species, which looks delicate with its small, round leaves, but which comes into flower in the depths of winter, and keep blooming for two to three months.
provides one of the delights of the gardening year, when its first flowers appear at the end of August. The pink (occasionally white) flowers appear shortly before the wonderfully patterned leaves start to unfurl, and an established plant may have hundreds of flowers arising from a soup-plate sized corm. We sell plants raised from seed. Very large corms offered in some garden centres are almost certainly dug from the wild.
a white-flowered variant of this winter-flowering, round-leaves species.
lovely species from woods and shaded banks in Mediterranean countries, from southern France to Greece, and also in Algeria. The flowers are pale pink to rose, deep coloured at the base of the petals. It is one of the spring-flowering species.