This section is from the book "Handbook Of Hardy Trees, Shrubs, And Herbaceous Plants", by W. Botting Hemsley. Also available from Amazon: Handbook of hardy trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants.
A genus resembling Crocus in general habit and aspect, but differing botanically in having a superior ovary and six stamens. The bulbs differ in the downy not fibrous nature of their coatings; the name is derived from a bulb, and
a fleece, in allusion to this character.
1. B. vernum (fig. 258). - Flowers violet-purple, appearing in early Spring before the leaves are developed, not more than 2 or 3 inches high. Leaves ultimately 6 to 9 inches long. This is still a rare plant in gardens. It is a native of mountain pastures of Central Europe.
Fig. 258. Bulbocodium verniim. (1/4 nat. size)