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A shining presence in the garden at one of the dullest and coldest times of year, this variable crocus from the steppes of Central Asia is named after the Russian general who first collected it in the late nineteenth century. It entered gardens shortly thereafter.
Growing from a small bulb-like storage organ known as a corm, this diminutive herbaceous perennial sends up several fragrant, glossy yellow flowers in late winter or early spring, just as the grassy, medium-green leaves emerge. Held on short, erect, stalk-like floral tubes, the six-"petaled" flowers are often marked with gray, bronze, or chocolate on the exteriors of their outer three segments. In bright sun the blooms open wide to reveal their polished yellow interiors with yellow anthers and orange styles. The foliage goes dormant in mid-spring. The corms of this crocus are disk-shaped and relatively large.
Grow this alluring crocus in full sun and fertile, well-drained soil. It does best in dryish summers and chilly winters. Use it at the front of a border or in a rock garden or trough. It will sometimes self-sow. It is also good for forcing in pots. Selection 'Lucky Number' has a maroon throat; 'Golden Nugget' is heavily speckled with bronze.
8 - 1
3 - 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
Bulb or Corm or Tuber
3"-4" / 7.6cm - 10.2cm
2"-4" / 5.1cm - 10.2cm
Early Spring, Late Winter
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Yellow, Gold, Brown, Chocolate
Alpine, Container, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower
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