Soil: moist, well-drained soil but can cope with drier conditions when dormant in summer
Rate of growth: fast-growing
Flowering period: March- April
Hardiness: fully hardy
Bulb size: 12
Use these to carpet the ground in a partially shaded spot - either towards the front of a border, or in a more naturalised setting such as a woodland garden. This one has the more unusual double flowerheads, which have a collar of large outer petals surrounding a neat dome-shaped eye that is jam-packed with smaller, shorter ones. A fast grower, it will spread to form a generous swathe over time, giving you oodles of early spring colour. Underplant with spring flowering bulbs if you wish, or use it the fill the gaps left by deciduous ferns.
Garden care: Plant the rhizomes horizontally 5-8cm (2-3in) deep in September or October to form naturalistic drifts.