This pretty little flower is alluded to in the article on bulbs. It is not really a bulb; it is a corm, but we always class it among the Dutch bulbs. We have never forced them profitably, but they are of course the most easy of any of the bulbs to force. In small pans they are the most salable; the demand for them, however, is very small and not worth bothering about. A great many crocus are sold every fall for planting in cemeteries, where they are dropped into holes four or five inches below the surface and will grow and flower every spring for years. They are not suitable for grouping with the tulips and hyacinths, being much too early. In fact, they appear as soon as the snow disappears and are often caught in a snow storm after they are in bloom.
They will thrive in any soil that is not too retentive of moisture. Dotted into the grass or in beds under the wall of a house they brighten up the first days of spring. Annuals can be grown over them during summer without any harm if you don't disturb the soil too deep. There is no need of transplanting them; they will take care of themselves for years.
The varieties which we grow are named, but the color is sufficient, and of that we have yellow, purple, blue, white and striped.