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Crocus biflorus melantherus

Flowering Time



S Greece

Native Climate


Wild Habitat

Short turf, hillsides over limestone

Distinctive Features

White flowers marked with purple or grey, blackish anthers

Closest Relatives

Crocus biflorus crewei;   Crocus biflorus biflorus

Cultivation Requirements

Warm dry summer rest, winter protection advised in northern gardens


Specialist bulb suppliers, occasionally specialist seed lists

Crocus biflorus melantherus, one of only two autumn flowering subspecies

of the variable biflorus group, illustrating the black anthers which give

the species its name.  

Crocus biflorus melantherus

Crocus biflorus melantherus

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