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SPRING-BLOOMING CROCUS

Few "bulbs" are as familiar yet as little known as the spring crocuses. Hybrids of C. vernus (Dutch crocus) and C. chrysanthus (snow crocus) have long been garden mainstays. But the spring crocuses have far more to offer than these. For mass planting and naturalizing, species such as C. angustifolius, C. etruscus, C. korolkowii, C. × luteus, and C. tommasinianus equal or surpass the common garden hybrids. And few genera of early-blooming plants present such a wealth of possibilities for the rock garden and other smaller garden niches. Give them well-drained soil and a reasonable amount of sunlight, and they will reward you with years of beauty. Their only significant drawback is that squirrels and a few other varmints consider their corms a delicacy. Deeply planted corms (5 or 6 inches) often escape herbivory. If even deep-seated corms are plundered, consider using C. tommasinianus (in our experience the most pest-resistant species) or providing some protection (we suggest a few possibilities in the cultural instructions that accompany each shipment, and would be happy to discuss others by phone).

Crocus alatavicus ~ The silver-white outer segments have dense charcoal-black stippling on their exteriors in one of the most magical color combinations in the plant kingdom (or anywhere for that matter). Then they open to reveal a gleaming white interior ornamented with a charcoal-stippled yellow throat. The "wow" quotient is practically off the charts. Montane/Steppe; C Asia. Zone 4. SOLD OUT
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Crocus angustifolius ~ This excellent selection of the classic Cloth of Gold crocus has heavy aubergine feathering on the exterior of its large golden-yellow flowers. Modified continental; Crimea. Zone 4.
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Crocus antalyensoides yellow forms ~ Here we have seedlings from a race of pulchritudinous yellow-flowered crocuses that were originally identified with C. antalyensis, but that have recently gained species status. Whatever their identity, they're one of the most important recent introductions to the crocus repertoire. Mediterranean; NW Turkey. Zone 5.
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Crocus biflorus ssp. stridii ~ The conspicuous black-purple anthers of this subspecies from Northeast Greece echo the heavy striping that marks the exteriors of its white, yellow-throated flowers. Described in 1980, it's new to botany as well as to horticulture, and grows happily in full sun and coarse soil. Mediterranean/Montane; NE Greece. Zone 5.
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Crocus biflorus ssp. tauri ~ From the crocus that's responsible for the blue coloration in some of the best "chrysanthus" cultivars, here's a selection with rich sky-blue flowers with a hint of violet, accented by yellow throats. Modified continental/Montane; NW Turkey. Zone 5.
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Crocus corsicus ~ One of our favorite crocuses returns to the catalog after a several-year absence. Endemic to the Corsican mountains, and similar to but somewhat smaller than the redoubtable C. imperati, it lifts pale-lilac, purple-flamed goblets – their centers lit by orange-red stigmas – in February and March. Mediterranean/Montane; Corsica. Zone 5.
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Crocus dalmaticus Petrovac Strain ~ E. A. Bowles considered this species "too seldom planted. It . . . is generous with its blossoms, and sets seed freely." If he had seen this particular population of the species (which is much showier than the common garden clone), he would have considered it even more so. Fragrant, lilac-and-cream, purple-veined flowers appear in abundance in late winter. Modified continental/Montane; W Balkans. Zone 5.
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Crocus fleischeri ~ Delicate in appearance but rugged in constitution, this engaging pixie produces white, narrow-petaled flowers &ndash their bases pleasingly blotched with purple &ndash in late winter and early spring. They open starrily to reveal orange-red stigmas. Remarkably hardy, if given good drainage. Mediterranean/Steppe; W & S Turkey. Zone 5/6.
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Crocus gargaricus ssp. herbertii ~ No genus does yellow better than Crocus. In this exemplary case it refulgently verges on orange. Remarkable also for its stoloniferous habit and its love of summer moisture, this makes an ideal candidate for the sunny peat bed. Modified continental/Montane; NW Turkey. Zone 5.
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Crocus heuffelianus ~ Purple-flowered eastern European populations of Crocus vernus have once again been split into this separate species, with an epithet that resembles a sneeze. We won't hold that against the re-constituted species, however, which typically flowers in a range of lavenders and purples of varying saturation, with the deepest coloration often occurring at the tips. As in this form. Modified continental/Montane; C & E Europe. Zone 5.
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Crocus heuffelianus 'Tatra Shades' ~ This gives the impression of a C. heuffelianus doing an impression of C. tommasinianus 'Pictus'. Silvery lavender flowers are margined and daubed at their tips with rich violet-purple. Modified continental/Montane; Carpathian Mtns. Zone 5.
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Crocus heuffelianus 'Uklin Strain' ~ In Uklin Pass in the Carpathians, Janis Ruksans found a colony of large, pearly-white, purple-marked crocuses in full bloom, and couldn't resist bringing home a few of what he considered to be one of the most beautiful forms of the crocus with the sneezy epithet. We happen to agree, and have photos to prove it. Modified continental/Montane; W Ukraine. Zone 5.
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Crocus korolkowii 'Black-Eyed Beauty' ~ Relatively large lemon-yellow flowers are accented with chocolate purple stippling and a black-purple eye zone. Nothing could be finer than a crocus with a shiner. Steppe. Zone 3/4.
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Crocus korolkowii 'Brown Tiger' ~ The outsides of the large, deep golden-yellow flowers are heavily striated and marbled with dark maroon markings. Steppe. Zone 3/4.
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Crocus korolkowii 'Lemon Tiger' ~ Dark bronze featherings decorate the outsides of the large golden-yellow blooms. Steppe. Zone 3/4.
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Crocus korolkowii 'Orange Tiger' ~ The golden-amber, charcoal-streaked flowers come as close to true orange as we've seen in this species. It's well worth adding to your collection! Steppe. Zone 3/4.
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Crocus kosaninii CH.801 ~ A recently described and highly ornamental species from that Crocus hotbed, the Balkans. Bright lilac-blue blooms with dark violet feathering and yellow throats arrive toward the end of the spring crocus season. Mediterranean/Modified continental/Montane; W Balkans. Zone 5.
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Crocus × leonidii 'Early Gold' ~ The large, cheerful, sunny flowers of this vigorous hybrid of C. angustifolius and C. reticulatus are lemon-yellow with vertical aubergine stripes. They arrive in quantity – as many as 14 per corm – in late winter. Zone 4.
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Crocus malyi CEH.519 ~ Here is a particularly showy-flowered form of the species that Crocus guru Brian Mathew praises as one of the best for the garden. This March-blooming Balkan native bears large, white, yellow-centered flowers with hints of pink. Yellow anthers and orange stigmas add to the show. Vigorous and self-sowing, Crocus malyi possesses remarkable hardiness for a coastal Mediterranean species. W Croatia. Zone 5.
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Crocus malyi 'Ballerina' ~ A Crocus malyi dressed in pure white (with a hint of pearly-gray). Mediterranean; W Croatia. Zone 5.
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Crocus paschei ex HKEP.9304 ~ Discovered in 1994 by crocus hunter Erich Pasche, this rare species (both in cultivation and in the wild) produces large, pearly, lavender-blushed flowers with deep orange stigmas and golden anthers. It needs dryish summer conditions. Mediterranean; S Turkey. Zone 6.
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Crocus reticulatus ~ Here is a species that has been turning quite a few heads lately thanks to newly introduced clones such as this one, whose flowers (borne in late winter and early spring) are brilliant lilac-blue inside and hazy creamy-blue with deep purple stripes outside. If only our syntax were as scintillating. Modified continental/Montane; Caucasus. Zone 6.
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Crocus rujanensis ~ Crocuses do blue just as beautifully as they do yellow. This only recently discovered crocus does both it's an ethereal purple-blue with a contrasting amber throat. The flowers and corms are relatively large. Mediterranean/Modified continental/Montane; W Balkans. Zone 5.
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Crocus sieberi ssp. atticus 'Michael Hoog's Memory' ~ This ethereal form has pale silvery-blue flowers traced with azure-blue veining on their exteriors. Mediterranean; Greece. Zone 5/6.
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Crocus tommasinianus 'Albus' ~ We are becoming more and more enamored with this vigorous and self-reliant selection, whose starry white flowers with pearly undertones combine wonderfully with other “tommies.” Rarely offered. Zone 4.
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Crocus tommasinianus Lavender Striped ~ We're not sure whether it's pure tommy or a hybrid, but whatever its pedigree it's a valuable addition to the roster of early-bloooming spring croci.  As the moniker suggests, the pale lavender flowers are attractively streaked with dark purple. Zone 4.
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Crocus tommasinianus 'Roseus' ~ This remarkable heirloom variety from the garden of E. A. Bowles has pale silvery-pink outer segments that open to reveal showy cyclamen-pink inners. Zone 4.
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Crocus vernus 'Lavender Symphony' ~ In this ethereal form, the albifloric blooms are suffused with pale lavender-blue. Modified continental/Montane. Zone 5.
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Crocus versicolor ~ One of the favorite garden bulbs of yesteryear (with dozens of clones in cultivation in the early 19th century), but rarely offered today except in the form of 'Picturatus', this splendid species bears good-sized flowers in a range of colors from lilac to white, all with purple stripes and pearly undertones. Mediterranean; SE France. Zone 6.
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Crocus versicolor 'Picturatus' ~ Long prized for its perky, white, violet-flamed flowers, this heirloom variety is not so easy to find in the trade these days. Here's your chance to grab some corms of a classic crocus. Mediterranean; SE France. Zone 6.
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Crocus vitellinus ~ For those of you not into Latin, the specific epithet means "egg-yolk yellow," which pretty much sums it up except for the hints of beige on the outside petals. The epithet doesn't cover the flowers' pleasantly sweet fragrance, which isn't remotely eggish. Mediterranean; Turkey to Lebanon. Zone 6.
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Crocus 'Gaudeamus' (Chrysanthus hybrid) ~ The rounded petals of the large, moonlight-yellow flowers have deep purple feathering on their exteriors that condenses into coppery-brown blotching at the base. A recent introduction, it's unavailable elsewhere in this country. Zone 4.
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Crocus 'Major' (Crocus biflorus ssp. alexandri) (Chrysanthus hybrid) ~ A breathtaking form, twice decorated with the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Merit (1927 and 1987). Glossy black-purple outer segments with bluish-white margins open to reveal the flower's gleaming white interior, which is accented with with a blue eye blotch. February/March bloom. Fragrant.
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Crocus 'Mariette' (Chrysanthus hybrid) ~ The pale sulfur-yellow flowers have plum-purple feathering that solidifies into dense tawny bronze stippling below their waists. Introduced in 1959, it's rare in gardens. Zone 4.
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Crocus 'Neringa' (Chrysanthus hybrid) ~ Lively butter-yellow flowers with maroon-blazed exteriors make a sunny, cheering sight in early spring, but are a tone subtler than some of the brassier yellow-flowered snow crocuses. We believe we're the exclusive U.S. source. Zone 4.
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Crocus 'Queen of the Blues' (Vernus hybrid) ~ The soft silvery-blue flowers of this 1916 introduction are still the standard by which other blue Dutch Hybrid crocuses are judged. Yet it's now hard to come by.
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Crocus 'Violet Vanguard' (Vernus hybrid) ~ This sport of the famous 'Vanguard' produces large flowers of a nearly uniform bluish-lilac, from their tips to their floral tubes.
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