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CROCUS 'Prinses Beatrix'
Hybrid Crocus, Spring Crocus
Providing a welcome burst of color at winter's end, this crocus opens its cheerful flowers even as the last remnants of snow linger. Introduced in the mid-twentieth century, it is one of many hybrids that trace their ancestry to Crocus chrysanthus and C. biflorus.
Growing from a small bulb-like storage organ known as a corm, this diminutive herbaceous perennial sends up one to four pale blue flowers in winter or early spring, just as the grassy, shiny, dark green leaves emerge. Held singly atop ankle-high, stalk-like floral tubes, the up-facing, goblet-shaped blooms have six "petals" (or segments) in two whorls. All six segments have a violet-blue exterior basal blotch with yellowish suffusion. In bright sun the flowers open wide to reveal white interiors, yellow anthers, orange stigmas, and a yellow eye. The floral tube is pale purple. The foliage goes dormant by late spring.
Grow 'Prinses Beatrix' in friable, well-drained soil in full sun or light shade (when it is in leaf). Plant corms at a depth of two to three times their height in late summer or early fall. Ten or more weeks of near-freezing temperatures are needed to induce flowering. Group this little beauty in rock gardens, mixed borders, alpine troughs, or turfgrass, or force it in pots to help quell winter doldrums.
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, 22, 23, 24
Bulb or Corm or Tuber
Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
3"-4" / 7.6cm - 10.2cm
2"-4" / 5.1cm - 10.2cm
Early Spring, Late Winter
Light Blue, Blue Violet
Container, Lawns and Turf, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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