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FALL-BLOOMING CROCUS

Everyone knows that crocuses are heralds of spring. That's probably why most people are unaware that many of the best crocuses for the garden flower in autumn. The fall-blooming crocuses (not to be confused with autumn crocus, a misleading common name often used for Colchicum) encompass dozens of species, collectively flowering from August to December. Among them are such notables as saffron crocus (C. sativus) and its ancestors and relations; C. speciosus, perhaps the largest-flowered (as well as among the hardiest) of the genus; C. kotschyanus, one of the best crocuses for naturalizing; and the singularly beautiful C. banaticus, once fittingly known as C. iridiflorus (or "iris-flowered crocus"). Like their spring-blooming kin, they are great for garden nooks or for carpeting borders or lawns; they generally prefer well-drained, humus-rich soils and ample sun (although some take well to partial shade); and they may require protection from rodents. But they diverge from the spring-bloomers in their predilection for flower colors other than yellow.
Crocus banaticus ~ No other crocus, spring or fall, is more distinctive or beautiful than this rock-hardy species, whose former botanical name is – fittingly – Crocus iridiflorus. The relatively large, lilac to purple, iris-like blooms have erect, 1-inch "standards" and reflexing, 2-inch "falls." Bloom begins in late September and continues for several weeks. The leaves – which appear in spring – are unusually broad and lack the central striping typical of the genus. This all-too-rare beauty thrives and self-sows in partial shade and humus-rich soil. Award of Garden Merit recipient. Modified continental; N Romania to SW Russia. Zone 4.
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Crocus hadriaticus seedlings ~ A close relative of saffron's presumed parent, Crocus cartwrightianus, this native of western and southern Greece gives the appearance of a superior white-flowered, yellow-throated form of the same, occasionally with a touch of lilac suffusion. A few of these seedlings may depart from pure white. Mediterranean; W & S Greece. Zone 6.
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Crocus kotschyanus ssp. kotschyanus flowering form ~ Unlike the florally challenged forms of this species that are typically offered in the mass bulb trade, this selection blooms reliably and prolifically, beginning in mid-October here. The interiors of the pale lavender-blue flowers are decorated with purple pinstripes, along with the usual basal ring of egg-yolk-yellow blotches. Self-sowing happens. Steppe/Mediterranean; Asia Minor. Zone 5.
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Crocus laevigatus CEH.612 ~ Crocuses for Christmas! In mild winters (such as the one we're currently experiencing), the fragrant, pale lilac, violet-veined goblets of this seedling strain often open around the time of the solstice (as well as before and after). It's been a while since we offered any material of this latest- (and earliest-) blooming crocus species, so get it while you can! Mediterranean; Greece. Zone 6.
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Crocus mathewii HKEP.9291 ~ This staggeringly beautiful form of one of the supreme crocuses has white segments that carry just a hint of the dramatic dark violet eye-ring that accents their centers. Their bright orange styles only increase the drama. An absolute gem, from the species named after the world's foremost crocus guru. Give it well-drained soil and full sun. Mediterranean; S Turkey. Zone 6.
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Crocus mathewii 'Dream Dancer' ~ The pearlescent, pale lilac, pink-tinged segments of this highly sought-after selection coalesce to a deep purple eye, framing the tangerine-orange, saffron-scented styles. Mediterranean; S Turkey. Zone 6.
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Crocus niveus late-blooming form VV.KA.2312 ~ See above for a description of the alluring flowers of this snowy fall crocus. In this case, the blooms debut in late October, a week or two after those of the previous selection. Mediterranean; S Greece. Zone 6.
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Crocus nudiflorus JMH.8149 ~ Here we have a robust, violet-flowered form of a highly sought-after crocus species, whose large early fall blooms (arising from stoloniferous corms) are of near-Colchicum magnitude. Naturalized colonies of this long-treasured species sometimes haunt ruined English monasteries, a legacy of its cultivation (as a saffron substitute) in bygone times. Adaptable and hardy, it tolerates moist soil and will naturalize in thin grass. Pyrenees; Montane/Modified continental. Zone 5.
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Crocus pallasii ssp. turcicus ex VV.TW.855 ~ Saffron-scented, purple-striped blooms with luminous, starry-pointed, pale lavender-blue segments are freely produced in mid-autumn. Like all saffron crocuses, it takes well to coarse-textured soil and full sun. Mediterranean; SE Turkey to Lebanon. Zone 6.
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Crocus pulchellus ~ "Well named," says Elizabeth Lawrence, "for the flowers are so adorable that it is hard to describe them without sounding foolish." Well, here goes. Rounded, fragrant, lilac-blue, orange-throated, violet-veined, 1.5-inch goblets, on white "stems" in October. Robust, self-sowing freely and thriving in sun or semi-shade. Spring leaves. Mediterranean/ Modified continental; Balkans to Turkey. Zone 5/6. AGM
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Crocus pulchellus 'Inspiration' ~ Echoing the October sky, the bright blue, orange-throated flowers of this outstanding, robust selection appear for several weeks in mid-fall. Like others of its kind, it flourishes and often self-sows in sun or semi-shade. Mediterranean/Modified continental; Balkans to Turkey. Zone 5/6.
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Crocus pulchellus 'Michael Hoog' ~ The largest-flowered, most vigorous white selection of Crocus pulchellus, this outstanding cultivar is also one of the latest blooming, from late October into November. Mediterranean/Modified continental; Balkans to Turkey. Zone 5/6.
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Crocus puringii (Crocus speciosus 'Aino') ~ The violet-blue, purple-veined flowers of this recent introduction are remarkably large and showy, even for this showiest of crocus species. Which – incidentally – it apparently doesn't belong to, having been moved to its own species by verdict of Janis Ruksans. The flowers are also remarkably weather-resistant, standing up to just about whatever mid-autumn throws at them. Mediterranean/Modified continental; Zone 5.
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Crocus speciosus ssp. xantholaimos ~ Compared to others of this species, this recently discovered Turkish subspecies is distinguished by smaller (rock gardeners, take note), later, lavender-blue, yellow-throated flowers, their segments liberally traced with darker veining. Mediterranean/Modified continental; N Turkey. Zone 5. SOLD OUT
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Crocus 'Florane' ~ Spring crocuses have a slew of named hybrids, so why shouldn't fall crocuses get in on the fun, particularly since they're equally promiscuous. Crocuses from the saffron group are particularly frisky, with sometimes delightful results, as in this cross between C. oreocreticus and C. cartwrightianus. The large, pale lilac flowers have aubergine veins and eyezones, as well as the usual central triad of aromatic, cinnamon-red styles. Mediterranean/Modified continental; Zone 5.
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