Crocus: Growing Guide

The well known garden crocus is not a bulbous plant, but develops a corm. If cut in half, it is solid and, unlike the tulip, does not consist of scales.

Situation:

Crocuses can brighten the garden in the autumn as well as in spring. Botanical species are more graceful than the so-called garden hybrids.

Soil:

Any soil which is not too damp in summer.

Propagation:

From offsets.

Spring-flowering species

Crocus biflorus: Height 10 cm; white flowers veined with purple outside in late winter and early spring. Yellow throat with orange anthers and red stigmata. The leaves do not exceed 2-3 mm in width.

Crocus chrysanthus: Height 10 cm; flowers in early spring. Many garden forms, eg ‘Blue Bird’, pure white inside, blue-grey outside; ‘Cream Beauty’, creamy white; ‘Ladykiller’, outer petals deep purple, edged with white, white and glossy inside.

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