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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.
8 - 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
3"-5" / 7.6cm - 12.7cm
2"-4" / 5.1cm - 10.2cm
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Alpine, Container, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower
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