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Providing a burst of welcome color at winter's end, this European mountain-dweller flaunts its cheerful flowers even as the last remnants of snow linger. It has given rise to numerous large-flowered cultivars in a range of purples and whites. Like all other crocuses, it is a diminutive herbaceous perennial that grows from a small bulb-like storage organ known as a corm. In late winter or early spring, one or two purple, lavender, or white flowers arise on ankle-high, stalk-like floral tubes. Goblet-shaped when closed, the blossoms sometimes have contrasting stripes on the outsides of their three outer segments. In bright sun the blooms open wide to reveal the three inner segments and the orange-yellow anthers and stigmas. The floral tube is typically the same color as the segments. Short, tufted, grassy leaves emerge with the flowers and go dormant by late spring.
Grow this beautiful little "bulb" 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 often self-sow. This crocus is also good for forcing in pots.
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"-6" / 7.6cm - 15.2cm
2"-4" / 5.1cm - 10.2cm
Early Spring, Spring, Late Winter
White, Purple, Lavender, Violet
White, Dark Green
Green, Dark Green
Container, Lawns and Turf, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower
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