Which Spring Bulbs Typically Bloom First?

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    Finally, 2021 and every Kansas homeowner is itching to see those first brilliant blooms of Spring. As a leading landscaper in Kansas City, High Prairie Outdoors often receives questions about the timeframes for Spring bulbs. We want to share our knowledge.

    Here, you will find a brief guide to some of the most planted Spring bulbs in Kansas. Also, when you can expect to see those glorious petals spring to life.

    In the Kansas Wild

    Before we get into your garden pedigrees, we are going to touch on some of the favored wildflowers seen throughout the area. Such as:

    • Bloodroot – With a misleading name, the Bloodroot is a small white-petaled flower native to Kansas. They begin to flourish as early as March, leaving trails of angelic blooms throughout wooded areas in the county.
    • Phlox – Another Kansas native to watch for in Spring is Phlox. Phlox start blooming in April with clusters of pink and purple petals.
    • Black-Eyed Susan – Another May bloom you’ll begin seeing this Spring. Yellow daisy-like petals and a dark brown to black center, the Black-Eyed Susan is often scattered throughout Kansas fields and meadows.

    These are just some of our favorites, but you’ll also see Coneflower, and closer to summer, Larkspur.


    The genus of Daffodil you plant will give a better idea of which month they will break through the soil and blossom a soft buttery cream color, or a bright citron yellow. Daffodils can begin blossoming anytime from February to May, depending on the Kansas temperatures. They are usually last about three-weeks which gives your garden a nice start to begin your next round of blooms – adding a pop of color to the sleepy greenery which has been hibernating all winter.

    Daffodils should be planted in bulb form in the Fall months. These plants need to build up strength and stamina before they break free in the Spring. By planting in fall, you give your Daffodils enough time to build up strong roots.


    The Tulip is a widely celebrated flower here in Kansas, inspiring multiple festivals across the state. Like Daffodils, Tulips need to be planted as bulbs in the Fall to give them the strength to sprout up tall and beautiful in the spring months.

    The time of your Tulip bloom depends on the type of Tulip you have planted. There are early and mid-season bloomers, with the early seasons starting to appear in March, and the mid-seasons sprouting up in late April. You may find that early season Tulips don’t last as long as mid-season Tulips because of the retained nip of cold in the air. However, like Daffodils, they help start the season off right by brightening your post-winter lawn.


    There are a variety of Crocus flowers that pop up across Kansas in the Spring. You are most likely to see the small Golden Crocus first, as these can begin blooming in the late winter months, especially in temperatures in Kansas that are mild. Alternatively, the Dutch Crocus offers a romantic theme to any garden and makes its entrance from late February and March into April.

    These plants are a low maintenance bloom, which is great for that post-winter garden, which may still be trying to bounce back in terms of soil consistency and watering. Another bulb plant, plant your Crocus flowers in Fall for the best spring blossoms.


    As the name suggests, snowdrops are one of the earliest flowers to bloom, bursting up through even the coldest soil as early as late January. Many Kansas-City dwellers are familiar with the snowdrops at the Botanical Gardens, but you can also grow them in your own garden and enjoy them long before your other flowers begin to blossom. Snowdrops are soft and white, lending a bit of whimsy to any garden.


    Tall and visually stunning, Hyacinth add vibrancy and a lovely perfume to any Kansas garden. The flowers begin blooming blue and purple anytime from late February to May, increasing the ambience of your garden at potentially any time throughout the Spring bloom.

    Many gardeners choose to plant Hyacinth in Kansas for the colors. They are often compared to lilacs, shape and form, but grow on stalks, rather than trees.

    Contact High Prairie Outdoors Today

    Are you a Kansas City homeowner with a green thumb and an eye for beautiful blooms? High Prairie Outdoors can help you de-winterize your lawn and garden and prepare it for all those beautiful Spring flowers in no time. Call us at 1-816-398-2901 for more information.

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    About The Author

    Robyn is a 2009 Graduate of the Kansas State University Department of Horticulture. She grew up in South East Kansas where she graduated from Humboldt High School. She was a Kansas State University Leadership Scholar and President of the Horticulture Club. She married Bret in 2009 and they have a daughter Ellie, born in 2021. Their family is completed by three adopted dogs.

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