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CROCUS goulimyi

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James Burghardt

Family

Iridaceae

Botanical Name

CROCUS goulimyi

Plant Common Name

Fall Crocus

General Description

An exquisite fall-blooming crocus that is also remarkably hardy, this native of southern Greece was described by botanists and introduced to horticulture in the 1950s. Growing from a small bulb-like storage organ known as a corm, this diminutive herbaceous perennial sends up one or two large, fragrant, pale to deep lilac-purple flowers in early or mid-autumn, just as the grassy, medium-green leaves emerge. Held singly atop ankle-high, stalk-like floral tubes, the elegantly modeled, goblet-shaped blooms have six "petals" (or segments) in two whorls. In bright sun the flowers open wide to reveal yellow anthers, orange-yellow stigmas, and a white eye. The floral tube is white. The leaves go dormant by mid-spring.

Grow this beautiful little "bulb" in friable, well-drained soil in full to partial sun (when it is in leaf). Plant corms at a depth of two to three times their height in late summer. Plant this charmer in groups in rock gardens, mixed borders, or alpine troughs. Plants may self-sow. This crocus is also good for growing in pots.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    5 - 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

  • Height

    3"-5" / 7.6cm - 12.7cm

  • Width

    2"-4" / 5.1cm - 10.2cm

  • Bloom Time

    Fall

  • Native To

    Southern Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Purple, Lavender

  • 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

    Glossy

  • 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