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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). New to the catalog this year are several rare and outstanding Chyrsanthus and Vernus hybrids, including old-time classics such as 'Paulus Potter' and 'Queen of the Blues'.

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 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 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 etruscus ~ Etruscan crocus is closely related to Crocus tommasinianus – a relationship it does little to hide, considering that it too pushes up pale lilac-blue flowers with silvery highlights in late winter. It differs from the tommies in its yellow floral tube and conspicuously veined outer segments. Don't expect it to self-sow as enthusiastically either. Mediterranean; W Italy. Zone 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 korolkowii 'Amulet' ~ As always, we have a few selections of one of the earliest and showiest crocuses, whose luminous flowers of a glossy polished buttercup-yellow caught the eye of the Russian General Korolkow more than 125 years ago as he galumphed across the steppe somewhere in Uzbekistan. In this case the exteriors of the pale amber-yellow blooms are heavily feathered with deep aubergine flames. Steppe. Zone 3/4. SOLD OUT
1/$3
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. The name should not in any way be construed as a reference to either current or former Detroit outfielders. 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 sieberi ssp. atticus 'Spartacus' ~ The violet-blue flowers of this newly introduced selection are notable not only for their eye-catching hue but also for their relatively large size. Outstanding. 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. SOLD OUT
1/$2
Crocus vernus 'Tatra Shades' ~ This gives the impression of a C. vernus doing an impression of C. tommasinianus 'Pictus'. Silvery lavender flowers daubed at their tips with rich violet-purple. Modified continental/Montane; Carpathian Mtns. Zone 5.
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Crocus vernus 'Uklin Strain' ~ In Uklin Pass in the Carpathians, Janis Ruksans collected some of the most pulchritudinous members of a particularly colorful population of the species. These seed-grown corms descend from that collection. Modified continental/Montane; Ukraine. Zone 5.
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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 'Alaska' (Vernus hybrid) ~ The large white flowers are strikingly accented with deep lavender-blue throats, the color continuing into the "petals" as irregular streaking. Exclusive to us. Zone 4.
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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. SOLD OUT
1/$2
Crocus 'Jago' (Vernus hybrid) ~ If you find the typical Dutch Hybrid Crocus to be a bit bulky for your tastes, the relatively dainty lilac-blue flowers of this Ruksans introduction may be more to your liking. A purple chevron ornaments the tip of each "petal" of this delightful cultivar. Zone 4.
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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. SOLD OUT
1/$1
Crocus 'Maximilian' (Vernus hybrid) ~ This medium-sized, lilac-blue Vernus cultivar is nowhere to be found in the trade. Except here, of course. Zone 4. SOLD OUT
1/$2
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 'Pallas' (Vernus hybrid) ~ The hauntingly beautiful flowers of this nearly forgotten but still unsurpassed 1905 introduction are grayish-white with soft amethyst-blue veining. Exquisite. Zone 4. SOLD OUT
1/$2
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. SOLD OUT
1/$1
Crocus 'Rusne' (Chrysanthus hybrid) ~ Another exceptional (and virtually unavailable) recent introduction, 'Rusne' flaunts large straw-yellow flowers with aubergine-flamed exteriors and olive throats. They appear rather late in the snow crocus season. Zone 4.
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Crocus 'Striped Banner' (Vernus hybrid) ~ The sumptuous flowers of this rare Dutch Hybrid Crocus are silvery white with generous violet feathering.
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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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