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Large Autumn Crocus
One of the largest and most diverse crocuses, this fall-blooming beauty is native from Turkey to Central Asia.
A small herbaceous perennial that grows from a bulb-like storage organ known as a corm, Crocus speciosus sends up one or two fragrant, goblet-shaped flowers in early to mid autumn. Flower color ranges from pale lilac to deep purple-blue. Held singly atop ankle-high, stalk-like floral tubes, the up-facing flowers have six "petals" (or segments) in two whorls. In bright sun they open wide to reveal a white eye, yellow anthers, and orange-yellow stigmas. The grassy, medium-green foliage emerges after flowering and usually lingers into spring.
Grow this alluring crocus in full to partial sun and fertile, well-drained soil. It needs several weeks of winter chill to grow and flower well. Plant the corms in late summer at a depth of two to three times their height. This crocus is lovely in clumps in the rock garden or perennial border, or dotted among evergreen groundcovers for protection from wind and feet. Self-sowing readily, it is perfect for naturalizing in a lawn or woodland edge.
Among its many showy cultivars are 'Conquerer,' with very blue flowers; 'Oxonian,' with deep purple-blue blooms; 'Aitchisonii,' with large pale-lilac, dark-veined blossoms; and the white-flowered 'Albus.'
8 - 1
4 - 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"-5" / 7.6cm - 12.7cm
2"-4" / 5.1cm - 10.2cm
Early Fall, Fall
Russia/Siberia, Turkey, Central Asia
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
White, Blue, Purple, Lavender, Violet
Green, Dark Green
Container, Foundation, Lawns and Turf, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower
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