"Weedy" Crocus

James Waddick jwaddick@kc.rr.com
Mon, 21 Mar 2011 07:43:11 PDT
Dear PBSers,
	It is spring here in Kansas City both chronologically and 
actually- bulbs  and perennials are popping up, the first Magnolia 
(M.zenii) is in bloom and we have had some mild nights well above 

	Crocus are popping up and appearing in waves of one species 
after another. Each year I plant more and each year they all intrigue 
me. I was recently talking with a friend (Stan) about the lack of 
self seeding crocus. Why aren't more crocus proliferating around the 

	We get a few seedlings of a few species, but most simply 
multiply in place by increasing bulb clumps. Only Tommies (C. 
tommasinianus) seeds about 'slightly'. Some seed gorwn Tommies from 
seed Exchanges have made patches of obvious seedlings (due to a range 
of colors and ages) in maybe 2 ft wide ( .6m) patches here and there. 
I want vast swathes invading the lawn and in the fence edges.

	Can anyone suggest species that might do this and a good 
source for a few hundred bulbs to infect the garden?

	In my harsh climate, we have a special appreciation for weeds 
that require little or no attention.

	Open to suggestions. 		Thanks		Jim W.
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
Zone 5 Record low -23F
	Summer 100F +

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