When Do Bulbs Bloom in Minnesota?

Many gardeners want a long season of bulb blooming. The best way to get that is to plant the so-called minor bulbs, in addition to tulips and daffodils. This is the order in which they would bloom in a “typical” Minnesota spring. (We know, there is no such thing.)

crocus blooming

Crocus are among the earliest blooming bulbs in Minnesota.

  • Snow crocus
  • Eranthus
  • Galanthus
  • species iris
  • Bulbocodium
  • Chionodoza
  • Dutch Crocus
  • Large hyacinths
  • Early daffodils and tulips
  • Ornithogalum
  • Fritillaria meleagris
  • Muscari
  • Mid-season daffodils and tulips
  • Puschkinia
  • Erythronium
  • Hyacinthoides
  • Anemone blanda
  • Camassia
  • Allium
  • Late daffodils and tulips

Taken from a 2006 article in Northern Gardener on minor bulbs.

We love allium for a late spring bulb. It has a fascinating architecture.



  1. Rhoda Arndt on June 8, 2022 at 9:03 pm

    Puschkinia are invasive. I planted some and now they are spreading everywhere. If I can’t stop them, they will invade the entire ravine. Check the Internet. It will say the same thing.

    • MSHS on June 10, 2022 at 1:36 am

      Yes, ugh! Our Community Programs Director has been battling a patch of blue squill she thought she could bury with a raised bed. As she was pulling it out this spring, she noticed that the flowers had turned to seed heads — removing those before they mature may help minimize spread. Our goal with this post is to highlight bloom time of various spring bulbs and not to advocate planting particular varieties, but great point — thanks for mentioning.

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