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Crocus biflorus isauricus

Flowering Time

Spring

Distribution

S Turkey

Native Climate

Mediterranean with montane influences

Wild Habitat

Open hillsides over limestone

Distinctive Features

Grey green leaves, silvery white bract and bracteole

Closest Relatives

Crocus biflorus biflorus

Cultivation Requirements

Winter protection advised, warm dryish summer rest

Availability

Some specialist bulb suppliers

A very variable subspecies which in some eyes blends into several of the other biflorus subspecies.   Certainly the biflorus group present the taxonomists with the greatest challenge in the genus.   A variety of fine botanical distinctions are used along with the geographical distribution to determine the different subspecies.   (A future revision of the site may include these fine details but they are beyond the objectives of the current version).

Crocus biflorus isauricus

Crocus biflorus isauricus

Crocus biflorus isauricus

Crocus biflorus isauricus

Another example of Crocus biflorus isauricus illustrating just how variable this subspecies is

  • Corms and Tunics
  • Leaves
  • Flowers
  • Stamens and Styles
  • Pollination and Seeds