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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. AGM
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Crocus banaticus 'Snowdrift' ~ Here we have an exquisite, pure-white form of arguably the most eximious crocus species. Golden anthers and a frill of white stigmas ornament the center of each flower, the finishing touches to an incomparable floral masterpiece. Worth every penny of the admittedly hefty price, and more. Modified continental; N Romania to SW Russia. Zone 4. AGM Modified continental; N Romania to SW Russia. Zone 4. AGM
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Crocus cartwrightianus mixed seedlings ~ Here's a seedling mix of saffron's presumed ancestor. More floriferous than its domesticated descendant, Crocus cartwrightianus produces up to 10 purple-veined blooms in late autumn. The large cayenne-red styles make excellent saffron. Flowers in this mix will vary in color, with some white flowers possible. Sun and well-drained soil required. Mediterranean; Greece to Crete. Zone 6. AGM
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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 hadriaticus 'Annabelle' ~ Its namesake is a pachyderm and its sibling is 'Jumbo'. In other words, the white, yellow-throated, orange-styled flowers do not lack for pulchritude OR amplitude. They put on quite the show in October and November. 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 kotschyanus ssp. kotschyanus HKEP.9317 ~ No, this isn't one of those new nonsense cultivar names that trash botanical nomenclature for the purpose of maximizing profit (there - got that off our chest); it's the collector's number for a highly meritorious clone recently collected and introduced by crocophiles Helmut Kerndorff and Erich Pasche. Not only does it flaunt larger flowers than most other clones, but it also spreads by stolons to form colonies. Highly desirable. Steppe; 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 ~ Large snowy flowers with vividly contrasting orange-red styles (a stylistic triumph if ever there was one) arise on stout flower tubes in late October, casting the scent of appleblossoms and luring hungry late-season bees. This is a splendid selection of one of our favorite fall-blooming crocuses. 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 oreocreticus ~ Yet another close relative of Crocus cartwrightianus (and thus another member of the "saffron" group), this beauty from the mountains of Crete differs in the silvery sheen of its lilac-purple flowers. The seedlings offered here may include a few hybrids with other saffronites. Mediterranean/montane; Crete. Zone 6.
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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 serotinus ssp. clusii 'Poseidon' ~ From the westernmost crocus (Portugal, to be precise) comes this sterling selection, which bears numerous rich lilac-purple flowers in late fall. It's a wonderful choice for a sheltered, sunny niche, such as a south-facing entryway. Mediterranean; Portugal. Zone 6.
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Crocus serotinus ssp. salzmanii 'Erectophyllus' ~ The large, fragrant, violet flowers of this vigorous, superior selection debut in October and continue for several weeks. The leaves arise in early fall. Mediterranean; Spain. Zone 6.
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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. They're 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.
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