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Credit: Internationaal Bloembollen Centrum Hillegom, Holland

This bright, lavender-coloured, large flowering crocus was the winner of the 2001 Bulb of the Year award, presented by The International Flower Bulb Centre of Holland—and for good reason. Like all crocus, Crocus tommasinianus ‘Ruby Giant’ closes up at night and in bad weather. But in the sunshine, its six petals open to form a star punctuated with bright-orange stigmas. ‘Ruby Giant’ is an extremely early bloomer and a great naturalizer.

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