Crocuses are among the first flowers to bloom in the spring in northern NJ. The flowers and leaves are protected by a waxy cuticle, allowing the plant to tolerate the snow and frost of late winter and early spring. There are ~ 90 species of crocuses in the world. This perennial flowering plant is a member of the iris family and it grows from a corm. Crocuses can be found from sea level to alpine tundra, the colors range from blue to white, and some of the species bloom in the summer and fall. Enjoy this taste of spring!
Photo taken by CB Kennedy 3/13/15 on an open field near the reservoir in HP