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CROCUS 'Ard Schenk'
Dutch Crocus, Hybrid Crocus, Spring Crocus
One of many hybrid crocuses that trace their ancestry to Crocus chrysanthus and C. biflorus, this 1967 introduction bears beautiful snowy flowers early in the year. As with all other crocuses, this diminutive herbaceous perennial grows from a small bulb-like storage organ known as a corm. In late winter or early spring, one to four white flowers arise on ankle-high, stalk-like floral tubes. Goblet-shaped when closed, the blossoms have a flame of purplish stipples at the base of their three clasping outer segments. The purple stippling continues on the floral tube. In bright sun the blooms open wide to reveal the three inner segments and a yellow eye. Short, tufted, grassy leaves emerge with the flowers and go dormant by late spring.
Grow 'Ard Schenk' in friable, well-drained soil in full or partial sun (when it is in leaf). Plant corms at a depth of two to three times their height in late summer or early fall. Ten or more weeks of near-freezing temperatures are needed to induce flowering. Group this little beauty in rock gardens, mixed borders, alpine troughs, or turfgrass. Plants may self-sow. It is also good for forcing in pots to diminish winter doldrums.
8 - 1
3 - 8
1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Bulb or Corm or Tuber
Full Sun, Partial Sun
2"-4" / 5.1cm - 10.2cm
Early Spring, Late Winter
White, Yellow, Purple
Container, Lawns and Turf, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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