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Celebrating the Crocus

The sight of a crocus in springtime is a cause for celebration. You'll find these petite plants growing throughout the High Line.

Celebrating the Crocus

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The crocus is an important food source for pollinators, such as this hungry bee.

Celebrating the Crocus, Wild Harbinger of Spring | The High Line Blog

'Miss Vain' crocuses emerge on the 23rd Street Lawn.


    Beautiful contrast.

This plucky purple crocus was among the first we've spotted this season. Here's to many, many more!

Crocus grow throughout the High Line, so you're more likely to come across this prolific member of the Iris family in our park this spring than you are a daffodil or snowdrop. Photo by Barry Munger

Celebrating the Crocus, Wild Harbinger of Spring | The High Line Blog

Uncovering crocus blooms is one of the best parts of High Line Spring Cutback.

"Welcome, wild harbinger of spring! / To this small nook of earth;" —Bernard Barton, "To a Crocus"

High Line Photographer David Wilkinson captures the bright emerging blooms of the woodland crocus, Crocus tomasinianus.

We uncovered a new crocus variety on the High Line last March. Stop by the park between West 28th and West 30th Streets to see Crocus chrysanthus 'Ard Schenk,' a snow-white bloom with yellow stamen. Photo by Mike Tschappat

Crocus tomasinianus, or woodland crocus, heralds the coming of spring. This delicate purple bloom can be found on the High Line from Gansevoort Street to West 21st Street.

Plant of the Week: Woodland Crocus | The High Line Blog

Golden Bunch crocus, Crocus ancyrensis ‘Golden Bunch,’ adds cheer to any garden. You'll find them growing on the High Line at West 14th Street.

Plant(s) of the Week: Golden Bunch Crocus and Dan Fenton Holly | The High Line Blog

One of the first spring bulbs to bloom on the High Line is Tommasini's crocus (Crocus tommassinianus).