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A charming, early-blooming "bulb" with a striking color scheme, this little crocus comes from the Aegean islands and western and southern Turkey.
Growing from a small yellowish bulb-like storage organ known as a corm, this diminutive herbaceous perennial sends up one or two fragrant white flowers in winter or early spring, just as the grassy, medium-green or gray-green leaves emerge. Held on short, upright, stalk-like floral tubes, the starry, six-"petaled" flowers have yellow anthers and throats and bright orange-red styles. The three outer segments often have purple basal blotches or midstripes on their exteriors. The foliage goes dormant in mid-spring.
Grow this alluring crocus in full sun to light shade and fertile, sharply drained, neutral to alkaline soil. It does best in mild dryish summers and cool to cold winters. Use it at the front of a border or in a rock garden or trough. It will often self-sow, eventually forming large colonies that are unforgettable in flower.
7 - 1
5 - 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"-3" / 5.1cm - 7.6cm
Early Spring, Winter, Late Winter
White, Yellow, Purple, Orange Red
Green, Gray Green
Alpine, Container, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower
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