P. Occasionally offered in catalogues, often at £1 per bulb, a price which no one would grudge who has ever seen this superb plant in flower. Tecophilea cyanocrocus is temperamental in the extreme. Theare about 1 ½ in. long brilliant gentian-blue (somewhat like a crocus) with a small white centre and carried on a 3 in. in spring. They are preceded by narrow, bright green glossy . There are lighter blues and violet forms of this species, both beautiful but hardly comparable with the type. The secret of success with this plant still eludes most gardeners. It is perfectly hardy but dislikes winter wet. Light, well-drained soil is desirable and a at the foot of a warm, south wall should be given. A cold is probably even better.