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CROCUS 'Snow Bunting'
Hybrid Crocus, Spring Crocus
A welcome sight in late winter, this heirloom crocus opens its cheerful flowers while the last remnants of snow still linger. Originating in the early twentieth century, it is one of many hybrids that trace their ancestry to Crocus chrysanthus and C. biflorus. Like all other crocuses, this diminutive herbaceous perennial grows from a small bulb-like storage organ known as a corm. In late winter or early spring, one to four white flowers with hints of yellow arise on ankle-high, stalk-like floral tubes. Goblet-shaped when closed, the blossoms have five to seven vertical purple stripes on the exteriors of their three outer segments. In bright sun the blooms open wide to reveal the three white inner segments and a yellow eye. The floral tube is purplish-gray. Short, tufted, grassy leaves emerge with the flowers and go dormant by late spring.
Grow 'Snow Bunting' in friable, well-drained soil in full or partial sun (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. Plants may self-sow. It is also good for forcing in pots to diminish 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
2"-4" / 5.1cm - 10.2cm
Early Spring, Late Winter
Container, Lawns and Turf, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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