|This short, bulbous plant blooms in late winter or early spring. Leaves are basal and grasslike, with silver midrib. Single, tubular flower grows right from the ground in shades of white, lilac, or purple, with bright yellow stamens. If you are not a strict "clean lawn" person, crocus are welcomed additions sown freely in the lawn in generous drifts, especially a the end of walks, along the edge of drives, or beneath trees. This works especially well in warm season lawns, because by the time you mow the lawn for the first time, it's ok to to mow the crocus foliage.