A natural hybrid between C. tomasinianus (usually tiny) and a cultivar of C. vernus (the largest blooms), Yalta readily pushes its large, striking bicolor blooms up through snow to decorate the landscape as early as February. Grown in sunny or partly-shaded sites, its silvery outer petals shimmer and shine when the sun hits them. Inside, rich blue-violet petals give the blooms a dynamic appearance that really pops when planted in groups or mass plantings. As with other crocus cultivars, ‘Yalta’ looks great as an early-season border, walkway accent or between evergreen shrubs and deciduous trees, and in bulb-lawns. For an informal, carefree look, gently toss handfuls of bulbs and plant them where they lay. Spring blooming. 4-5” tall, hardy to zone 4.