Snow Crocus is also known as Crocus chrysanthus and is one of spring’s earliest bloomers. This crocus still blooms while snow is still in the ground. They are quite hardy and will grow with a warm spell in the late winter and early spring. If it snows afterward, don’t worry they will be alright. Snow crocuses are native to the Balkans and Turkey. They have smaller bulbs and blooms compared to Dutch crocus but produce more flowers. Besides the smaller flowers, many of the snow croci have bi-colored petals and a yellow center. Snow crocus plants grow 3-4 inches. The flowers bloom in light but if it rains or gets dark, they will close up. Some varieties of this plant even have a fragrance. The plants will bloom earlier in the season if they remain in the ground versus being planted the previous fall. The plants are easy to grow in well-drained soil in full sun to light shade. Snow crocuses look great in a flower bed, rock gardens, under a tree, or along a walkway. They can even be grown in the lawn and are deer resistant. Hardiness zones 3-9.