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Grecian Autumn Crocus, Pale Autumn Crocus
Among the largest and most elegant of the fall-flowering crocuses, this native of southern Greece was introduced to gardens more than 100 years ago.
Growing from a small bulb-like storage organ known as a corm, this diminutive herbaceous perennial sends up one or two white or pale-lilac flowers in early to mid-autumn, just as the grassy, dark green leaves emerge. Held singly atop ankle-high, stalk-like floral tubes, the fragrant, goblet-shaped blooms have six "petals" (or segments) in two whorls. In bright sun the flowers open wide to reveal a yellow eye, yellow anthers, and red-orange, many-branched stigmas. The leaves go dormant by mid-spring.
Grow this alluring crocus in full sun and fertile, well-drained soil. It does best in dryish summers and chilly winters. Plant it in clumps in the rock garden or perennial border, or dot it among evergreen groundcovers for protection from wind and feet. It also works well in containers, which can be brought under cover for protection from excessive damp and cold.
8 - 1
5 - 8
1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Bulb or Corm or Tuber
3"-6" / 7.6cm - 15.2cm
2"-4" / 5.1cm - 10.2cm
Early Fall, Fall, Late Fall
Southern Europe, Mediterranean
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Drought Tolerant, Average Water
White, Yellow, Lavender
Alpine, Container, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower
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