Hark, what grows there in the lawn?
Is it a weird fungus?
No, it’s the seed pod of a crocus.
As the crocus seed pod opens up, it reveals these little seeds that remind me of radish seeds.
Once they drop their seeds, the empty seed pods look like this.
In a nearby flower bed, I see lots of seed pods forming.
I’m going to keep an eye on them and collect some of the seeds when the pods open up. Then maybe I’ll sow some of them just to see if I can get them to germinate and grow on.
Though I would imagine it might be several years before a crocus seedling grows big enough to flower.
But I’m in this gardening thing for the long haul, so why not try?
(Yes, generally you should remove the spent blooms of spring flowering bulbs like tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, etc. so they don’t spend their energy producing seeds at the expense of growing a bigger bulb for next year. But for crocus? I don’t think it will matter here if a few crocuses set seeds and thus produce smaller corms. There are literally thousands of them planted all over. I’ve even noticed over the last few years some crocuses showing up where I didn’t plant them, leaving me to believe that they are self-sowing some. I like that!)