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CROCUS chrysanthus var. fuscotinctus

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Ednie Flower Bulb, Inc.

Family

Iridaceae

Botanical Name

CROCUS chrysanthus var. fuscotinctus

Plant Common Name

Cream Beauty Snow Crocus, Snow Crocus

Special Notice

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General Description

Freely flowering its pale ivory-yellow blossoms in the waning chill of late winter, Cream Beauty snow crocus is also fragrant from the small, cute blooms. A perennial that grows from a small bulb, it is native to the montane regions of the Balkans in southern Europe.

The dull green, short and grass-like foliage emerges in the strengthening late winter sun, often poking up out of melting snows. Each plant produces one to four small flowers, each colored cremy ivory to light yellow with a blush of deeper yellow on the petals. The pollen is a vibrant orange. Once flowering ends, the foliage remains for several more weeks to gather nourishment for the bulbs before dying by late spring.

Grow 'Cream Beauty' in a well-draining, fertile soil that is neither heavy nor compacted. It needs an extended chilly period during the winter in order to produce flowers by late winter. This short-growing species is best kept out of turfgrass and highlighted as clumps in the rock garden or scattered in the foreground of garden beds.

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

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    2"-5" / 5.1cm - 12.7cm

  • Width

    3"-5" / 7.6cm - 12.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Europe, Southern Europe, Western Asia

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

    Blue, Light Yellow, Ivory

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    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

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Alpine, Container, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes