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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.
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Crocus angustifolius ~ This excellent, robust 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 angustifolius bronze form ~ Here, deep chocolate-maroon markings cover the exterior of each outer segment, save for a golden picotee outlining the edge.Modified continental; Crimea. Zone 4.
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Crocus corsicus ~ Endemic to the Corsican mountains, this captivating (and cute) crocus produces pale-lilac, purple-flamed goblets – their centers lit by orange-red stigmas – in late winter and early spring. A favorite here. Mediterranean/Montane. Zone 5.
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Crocus danfordiae ~ Put this adorable little crocus where its bright yellow, gray-stippled flowers can be appreciated at close range. Perfect for a sunny trough or rock wall. Mediterranean/Montane; SE Turkey. 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 'Michael's Purple' ~ Seed from Ukraine yielded this outstanding selection of what used to be Crocus vernus. Lavender blooms with dark purple tips are beautifully accented by the orange stigmata: interior decoration at its best. Modified continental; Ukraine. Zone 4.
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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 '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 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 olivieri ssp. balansae ~ Every late-winter garden should have a scattering of these molten golden-orange beauties. The narrow-waisted blooms have purple feathering on their exteriors. Full sun and coarse, humus-rich soil (acid or alkaline) are ideal. Mediterranean; W Turkey. Zone 5.
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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. SOLD OUT
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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 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. SOLD OUT
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Crocus tommasinianus 'Eric Smith' ~ The white, purple-flecked, semi-double flowers offer something extra – two segments, to be precise (eight instead of the usual six). Consequently, they present a fuller and frillier aspect than do other “tommies.” Seldom available. 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. SOLD OUT
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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 'Aivazovsky' (Chrysanthus hybrid) ~ The icy blue outer segments of this recent (and outstanding) introduction bear a buff blotch at the base, surmounted by a halo of deep purple flaming.
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Crocus 'Blue Peter' (Chrysanthus hybrid) ~ Crocuses don't get any bluer than this outstanding, large-flowered cultivar that received a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Merit following its 1966 introduction. The deep blue exteriors of the outer segments condense to black-purple at their midribs, with the blue coloring continuing the length of the floral tube. Curiously, 'Blue Peter' is virtually unavailable in the trade these days, despite being arguably the best blue-flowered crocus. SOLD OUT
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Crocus 'Deep Water' (Chrysanthus hybrid) ~ Yet another new and otherwise unavailable chrysanthus hybrid of great merit, producing glossy mid-blue, narrow-waisted flowers with tawny throats and purple chevrons. Zone 4.
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Crocus 'Eldorado' ~ Large golden goblets stenciled with charcoal-gray flames stage a dazzling display in late winter. The flowers of this valuable and vigorous recent introduction come in bunches, just like those of one of its parents, Crocus ancyrensis.
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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 'Golden Rusne' (Chrysanthus hybrid) ~ Zone 4. The bold contrast between the bright golden-yellow outer segments and their broad, near-black midstripes is about as dramatic as crocus coloration gets. Another outstanding recent introduction, available here only.
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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 '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 'Pilgrim' (Chrysanthus hybrid) ~ Large, gleaming-white, goblet-shaped flowers with bold aubergine flaming make for one of the most remarkable crocuses to be introduced in recent years. We're the only U.S. source.
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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 'Sea Dream' (Chrysanthus hybrid) ~ The linen-white flowers of this – yet another new and highly desirable chrysanthus hybrid – are stippled outside with icy pale-blue that condenses into sky-blue flames toward the base of the segments, which are also accented by amber throats. Zone 4.
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