I Would Certainly Never Wish to be Without the Little "Tommies" shooting up all over the Place at the end of January or Early February
Were the words of an English bulb grower referring to the Woodland crocus or Tomasini's crocus (Crocus tommasinianus).
It's named after the botanist Muzio G. Spirito de Tommasini (1794-1879), who was mayor of the city of Triest. They are often referred to as early or snow crocuses, but these terms are shared with several other species, although C. tommasinianusis amongst the first to bloom.
It naturalises easily earning an official recognition as a weed. It grows wild in Bulgaria, Hungary and former Yugoslavia. C. tommasinianus has a slender flowers about 2-4.5 cm (0.75-1.75 in) long, with white perianth tubes, petals (6) pale silvery lilac to reddish purple, while the outer petals may be overlaid with silver and darker tips.