Manitoba flower makes its debut

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Let the pale purple petals pronounce spring in the heart of Canada.

The Prairie Crocus, Manitoba’s provincial flower since 1906, is in bloom at the Living Prairie Museum (2795 Ness Ave.) and throughout the city.

According to the director of the Living Prairie Museum, Kyle Lucyk, the best place to see crocuses blooming in the city is in Little Mountain Park, or Blue Stem Park.

While the museum once held an annual celebration of Crocus Day, fewer and fewer crocuses appear on the site each year to justify holding an event. In the past, Crocus Day typically marked the official opening of the Living Prairie Museum, but with Manitoba’s unpredictable winters in recent years, flowers bloom at different times each year, some years as early as mid-March.

Lucyk says crocuses like to be in sandy, dry, well-drained soil and typically bloom for about two weeks.

“It’s bordering on too wet here, we have photographs from the 1980s when it was really, really dry and we had crocuses all over the place,” said Lucyk.

Crocuses can still be seen at the Living Prairie Museum, but they are much harder to find compared to three decades ago. The plant is well adapted to a colder climate and can survive the sporadic snowfall in early spring.

Lucyk says that many who buy the perennial flower often end up lovingly killing it by planting it in very fertile soil or watering it too much.

Even though the flower is not as plentiful as it once was, Lucyk says many still call to find out when it is blooming so they can stop by for a visit.


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Rosalie M. Dehner