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CROCUS x luteus
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.
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
3"-4" / 7.6cm - 10.2cm
2"-4" / 5.1cm - 10.2cm
Early Spring, Late Winter
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Alpine, Container, Feature Plant, Lawns and Turf, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower
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