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Crocus cancellatus lycius

Flowering Time

Late autumn


S Turkey

Native Climate


Wild Habitat

Rocky places over limestone

Distinctive Features

White flowers, netted corm tunic

Closest Relatives

Crocus cancellatus mazziaricus;  

Crocus cancellatus damascenus;  

Crocus cancellatus cancellatus

Crocus cancellatus pamphyllicus

Cultivation Requirements

Warm, dry summer rest.   Winter protection away from native region


Occasionally in specialist seed lists

The only consistently white flowered subspecies, often a distinctive creamy white, the many orange style branches are a conspicuous feature.   These features combined with the netted tunic common to all subspecies of Crocus cancellatus make this one of the easier subspecies to identify.

Crocus cancellatus lycius

Crocus cancellatus lycius

Corm tunic - compare with subspecies damascenus which has much less finely netted tunics.

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