In the Garden
Early Crocus (Crocus tommasinianus)
*Also known as Tommies and woodland crocus
Snow Crocus (C. chrysanthus)
*Also known as golden crocus
Dutch Crocus (C. vernus)
*Also known as giant crocus and spring crocus
Known for its colorful, chalice-shaped flowers, crocus is a signal that spring has made a foothold. Long thin leaves that resemble blades of grass grow from the base of the plant. They are dark green with a central white or silvery stripe. The early crocus flowers are pale lavender to reddish-purple with a white throat. The snow crocus flowers are yellow-orange and sometimes have maroon markings. Dutch crocus can be purple or white.
The name of this plant is derived from the Greek krokos, meaning “saffron.” 15 The spice saffron comes from the autumn-blooming crocus (C. sativus). According to one ancient legend, this flower was named for a beautiful youth named Crocus who was consumed by his love for a shepherdess. Another story explains that these flowers first blossomed on a hillside after Zeus and Hera made love there. According to later folklore, the devil was said to be mortally afraid of crocus.
Crocus flowers do not last long when cut, so it is usually easier to use dried ones. Place dried flowers in a small sachet to use in a charm to attract love, or place the sachet under your pillow at night to banish nightmares. Crumble dried flowers and leaves into a powder to sprinkle at the corners of your house to bless your home and promote peace within. Also, sprinkle a tiny pinch of the powder on an incense charcoal before a divination session to enhance clairvoyance. As it burns, say three times:
Spring flower, gentle crocus; share your power, help me focus.
Crocus is associated with the element fire and the goddess Eos. Its astrological influence comes from Venus.