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CROCUS 'Blue Bird'
Hybrid Crocus, Spring Crocus
A welcome sight in late winter, this heirloom crocus opens its cheerful flowers while the last remnants of snow still linger. Introduced in the mid-twentieth century, it is one of many hybrids that trace their ancestry to Crocus chrysanthus and C. biflorus.
Growing from a small bulb-like storage organ known as a corm, this diminutive herbaceous perennial sends up one to four white flowers in winter or early spring, just as the grassy, shiny, dark green leaves emerge. Held singly atop ankle-high, stalk-like floral tubes, the up-facing, goblet-shaped blooms have six "petals" (or segments) in two whorls. The three outer segments have a large blue central blotch and a copper-yellow basal blotch on their exteriors. In bright sun the blooms open wide to reveal yellow anthers, orange stigmas, and a yellow eye. The floral tube is light blue. The foliage goes dormant by late spring.
Grow 'Blue Bird' in friable, well-drained soil in full sun or light shade (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, or force it in pots to help quell 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, Partial Shade
2"-4" / 5.1cm - 10.2cm
Early Spring, Late Winter
White, Yellow, Blue
Container, Lawns and Turf, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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