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CROCUS 'Ard Schenk'

Image of Crocus 'Ard Schenk'

Jesse Saylor

Family

Iridaceae

Botanical Name

CROCUS 'Ard Schenk'

Plant Common Name

Dutch Crocus, Hybrid Crocus, Spring Crocus

General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    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

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    2"-4" / 5.1cm - 10.2cm

  • Width

    2"-4" / 5.1cm - 10.2cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Purple

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Lawns and Turf, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes