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CROCUS x luteus 'Golden Yellow'

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Botanical Name

CROCUS x luteus 'Golden Yellow'

Plant Common Name

Golden Crocus

Special Notice

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General Description

Glowing like drops of sunlight in the late winter and early spring garden, the golden yellow flowers of this hybrid crocus are wonderful among snowdrops and tommy crocuses. A small herbaceous perennial that grows from a corm (bulb-like storage organ), it is sterile and thus does not self-sow. It slowly forms larger clumps through multiplication of its corms.

Golden, cup-shaped, six-"petaled" flowers, one to two per corm, arise on short stalk-like floral tubes in early spring, blooming with the late snowdrops. The outer three "petals" sometimes have bronze or chocolate markings on their exteriors. In bright sun the flowers open wide to reveal pure yellow interiors with yellow anthers and orange-yellow stigmas. The dark green, grass-like foliage accompanies the flowers and persists until late spring. The browning foliage indicates the corms are well fed and ready for their summer rest.

Grow golden crocus in full sun to light shade in an average, well-drained garden soil. It needs chilly winters to grow and flower successfully. Use this crocus to form brilliant clusters or drifts in the rockery or mixed border. It also works well in sparse lawns. Plants can be "forced" into bloom in pots. Squirrels and chipmunks often plunder the corms, which should be planted deeply or under hardware cloth to increase their chance of survival. Cultivars include the large, robust, brightly hued 'Golden Yellow' ('Dutch Yellow'); and 'Stellaris', whose yellow flowers have bronze pencil markings.


  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    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

  • Plant Type

    Bulb or Corm or Tuber

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    3"-4" / 7.6cm - 10.2cm

  • Width

    2"-4" / 5.1cm - 10.2cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall, Late Fall, Early Winter, Winter, Late Winter

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin, Europe, Northern Africa, Western Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances


  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit


  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest


  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Blue, Purple, Gold, Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers


  • Fragrant Fruit


  • Fragrant Foliage


  • Bark or Stem Fragrant


  • Flower Petal Number


  • Repeat Bloomer


  • Showy Fruit


  • Edible Fruit


  • Showy Foliage


  • Foliage Texture


  • Foliage Sheen


  • Evergreen


  • Showy Bark


Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Alpine, Bedding Plant, Container, Edible, Feature Plant, Foundation, Herb / Vegetable, Lawns and Turf, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns


  • Invasive