Snow Crocus Crocus chrysanthus 'Sunspot'

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
crocus 'Sunspot'


The Crocus chrysanthus 'Sunspot' is an eye-catching flowering plant known for its vibrant and cheerful blooms that are sure to add a splash of color to any garden. The blooms of this crocus display a striking contrast with their bright yellow petals, which are adorned with deep bronze markings at the base, creating a unique and sunny appearance that resembles a sunspot. The cup-shaped flowers are quite prominent and emerge from the plant's slender, grass-like foliage that is a rich green in color, adding to its delicate and intricate profile. The foliage of the 'Sunspot' crocus is narrow and blade-like, serving as a complementary backdrop to the vivid flowers, gently swaying in the breeze and providing a fine-textured look within garden arrangements. As the flowers open, they reveal their brilliant color in full, particularly stunning on sunny days when they can truly resemble little spots of sunlight dotting the landscape. During its flowering period, the Crocus chrysanthus 'Sunspot' transforms the area it inhabits with its delightful and radiant appeal. As the flowers mature, the yellow becomes even more intense, drawing in onlookers and providing a warm and inviting display that stands out vibrantly against the cooling temperatures of early spring when it typically blooms. The overall look of the 'Sunspot' crocus is one of joy and brightness, making it a favorite for gardeners looking to add a touch of early-season color to their outdoor spaces.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Snow Crocus, Winter Crocus, Golden Crocus.

    • Common names

      Crocus chrysanthus 'Sunspot'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The snow crocus, specifically the Crocus chrysanthus 'Sunspot', is generally not considered highly toxic to humans. However, ingestion of parts of the plant, particularly the corms, can potentially cause mild stomach upset if consumed in large quantities. It is not known to have severe toxic effects, but it is always advised to avoid eating ornamental plants due to potential pesticide use and the possibility of individual allergic reactions.

    • To pets

      The snow crocus, including the Crocus chrysanthus 'Sunspot', may be toxic to pets if ingested. The plant contains compounds that can cause gastrointestinal upset, such as vomiting and diarrhea. While it is not typically fatal, it can be uncomfortable for the animal and may require veterinary attention, especially if large amounts are consumed. It is best to discourage pets from eating this and other ornamental plants to avoid any health issues.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      3 inches [7.62 cm]

    • Spread

      3 inches [7.62 cm]

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Early Blooming: Crocus chrysanthus 'Sunspot' blooms early in the spring, adding color to gardens when most other plants are not yet in bloom.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The flowers attract bees and other pollinating insects, which are important for the health of gardens and ecosystems.
    • Low Maintenance: This plant is easy to care for, requiring minimal maintenance, which makes it ideal for both novice and experienced gardeners.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, it is relatively drought-tolerant, reducing the need for frequent watering.
    • Winter Hardiness: It is hardy in many climates and can survive cold winter temperatures, making it a good choice for a variety of landscapes.
    • Compact Size: Its small and compact size makes it suitable for planting in rock gardens, borders, or as ground cover.
    • Naturalizing: The plant has the ability to naturalize, meaning it can spread and create a larger display over time without becoming invasive.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Crocus 'Sunspot' corms can be used to produce crocin, a natural dye that imparts a rich golden hue to textiles and handicrafts.
    • The flowers of the Crocus are sometimes used in the crafting of natural floral arrangements that decompose more eco-friendly than artificial alternatives.
    • Petals of Crocus 'Sunspot' can be used in the creation of biodegradable confetti for use in outdoor celebrations, reducing environmental impact.
    • The plant, being a harbinger of spring, can be used as a teaching tool in schools to explain plant biology and the change of seasons.
    • Crocus 'Sunspot' plants can be used in landscape photography to enhance the visual appeal of garden and natural landscape photographs.
    • Crocus 'Sunspot' can be a natural indicator of soil health, as they may not flower if the soil lacks certain nutrients.
    • The bold colors of the Crocus 'Sunspot' can be used by garden designers to create a contrast or focal point in rock gardens and alpine displays.
    • The Crocus 'Sunspot' can contribute to increasing biodiversity when introduced to gardens, providing food for early pollinators like bees.
    • Dried Crocus 'Sunspot' petals can be incorporated into homemade potpourri mixes, which can release a gentle fragrance when placed in a room.
    • Crocus 'Sunspot' can be grown in small pots and used as natural decorations for patio tables or window boxes, adding seasonal color to urban environments.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Crocus is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Crocus is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Renewal: The Crocus is one of the first flowers to bloom in late winter or early spring, symbolizing the end of the cold and the arrival of warmth, growth, and rejuvenation.
    • Hope: Due to its characteristic as a springtime herald, the Crocus embodies hope and the expectation of joyful things to come after a period of darkness.
    • Youthful Gladness: The delicate and bright appearance of the Crocus chrysanthus 'Sunspot' evokes feelings of joy and youthfulness, perhaps due to its association with the vibrancy of new life in spring.
    • Purity: The Crocus' gentle and pure colors often represent chastity and purity, in line with the innocence commonly associated with early spring.
    • Cheerfulness: The bright yellow hue of the 'Sunspot' variant of Crocus chrysanthus is reminiscent of sunlight and happiness, making it a symbol of cheer and positivity.

When soil is dry
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 3 years
Late summer
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Snow crocuses, including the variety 'Sunspot', prefer to be watered sparingly as they are drought-tolerant once established. During the growing season, water them when the top inch of soil feels dry, which typically amounts to about once a week, depending on weather conditions. Use approximately half a gallon of water per square yard each time you water. Once the foliage begins to die back after flowering, reduce watering significantly to mimic their natural dry summer dormancy period. Avoid overwatering, as this can lead to bulb rot.

  • sunLight

    Snow crocuses like 'Sunspot' thrive in full to partial sunlight. An ideal location would expose them to at least 6 hours of direct sun daily, though they can tolerate some light shade, especially in hotter climates. They perform well in rock gardens, at the front of borders, or naturalized in grass, as long as the area receives ample sunlight.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Snow crocuses, such as 'Sunspot', grow best in temperatures ranging from 35°F to 65°F. These crocuses are cold-hardy and can survive winter temperatures down to -10°F. They require a period of cold dormancy, making them well-suited for areas with cold winters and early spring thaws.

  • scissorsPruning

    Snow crocuses such as 'Sunspot' typically require no pruning. Deadheading the spent flowers can promote bulb health but is not essential. Let the foliage die back naturally since this process allows the bulb to store energy for the next growing season. Trim away only the dead foliage once it has completely withered.

  • broomCleaning

    Not needed

  • bambooSoil

    Snow Crocus 'Sunspot' thrives in well-draining soil with a neutral to slightly alkaline pH of around 6.5 to 7.5. A mix of equal parts loam, sharp sand, and compost is ideal for them. Incorporate some perlite for improved drainage.

  • plantRepotting

    Snow Crocus 'Sunspot' typically does not need frequent repotting and can be left undisturbed for several years. They are generally repotted every 4 to 5 years or once clumps become overcrowded.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Snow Crocus 'Sunspot' is tolerant of a wide range of humidity levels and does not require high humidity; average room conditions are suitable.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place in bright, indirect light and cool temps.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in full sun to partial shade; well-drained soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Crocus chrysanthus 'Sunspot', commonly known as Snow Crocus 'Sunspot', begins its life as a corm, which is a storage organ that survives through the dormant season. In late winter to early spring, it breaks dormancy and grows rapidly, producing narrow, grass-like leaves and cheerful, cup-shaped yellow flowers that bloom even when snow is still present. After flowering, the plant focuses on photosynthesis and energy storage, with the foliage remaining for several weeks to gather sunlight. By late spring or early summer, the leaves die back as the plant enters dormancy, conserving energy within the corm. Throughout the dormant period in summer and fall, the corm rests underground, with the outer layers sometimes splitting to reproduce asexually, creating new corms. In the following growing season, these new corms will produce their own shoots and flowers, continuing the life cycle.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Late summer

    • Crocus chrysanthus 'Sunspot', commonly referred to as the Snow Crocus, is typically propagated through the division of corms. The best time to propagate these plants is in the late summer to early fall, after the foliage has died back and the plant is dormant. To propagate by dividing corms, the gardener should carefully lift the cluster of corms from the ground using a garden fork, ensuring minimal damage. The offsets, which are smaller corms attached to the base of the parent corm, can be gently separated and replanted at a depth of around 3 inches (about 7.6 centimeters), spaced approximately 3 inches apart. This straightforward process allows the newly planted corms to establish roots and naturalize before the onset of winter, ready to bloom the following spring.