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CROCUS chrysanthus 'E.P. Bowles'

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Jesse Saylor



Botanical Name

CROCUS chrysanthus 'E.P. Bowles'

Plant Common Name

E.P. Bowles Crocus, Snow Crocus

Special Notice

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General Description

Freely producing its cheerful, sunny blossoms in the waning chill of late winter, this native of southeastern Europe and western and central Turkey is a quintessential harbinger of spring. It has also teamed with the white-flowered C. biflorus to produce numerous white-, yellow-, and blue-flowered hybrids known as "snow crocuses."

Like 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 fragrant pale yellow to orange-yellow flowers arise on ankle-high, stalk-like floral tubes. Goblet-shaped when closed, the blossoms often have brownish-purple stripes and stippling on the outsides of their three outer segments. In bright sun the blooms open wide to reveal the three inner segments and the yellow to orange anthers and stigmas. Short, grassy, gray-green or medium-green leaves emerge with the flowers and go dormant by late spring.

Grow this beautiful little "bulb" 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 often self-sow. This crocus is also good for forcing in pots.


  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • 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, Partial Shade

  • Height

    2"-4" / 5.1cm - 10.2cm

  • Width

    2"-4" / 5.1cm - 10.2cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall, Late Fall, Early Winter, Winter, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Europe, Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, Turkey, Northern Africa, Western Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances


  • Growth Rate


  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit


  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest


  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Blue, Purple, Light Yellow, Gold, Pink, Bronze

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Gray Green

  • Fragrant Flowers


  • Fragrant Fruit


  • Fragrant Foliage


  • Bark or Stem Fragrant


  • Flower Petal Number


  • Repeat Bloomer


  • Showy Fruit


  • Edible Fruit


  • Showy Foliage


  • Foliage Texture


  • Evergreen


  • Showy Bark


Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Alpine, Bedding Plant, Container, Edible, Foundation, Herb / Vegetable, Lawns and Turf, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns


  • Invasive


  • Self-Sowing