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Crocus carpetanus

Flowering Time



C and NW Spain; N Portugal

Native Climate

Cold, moist winter/spring.   Dry summer

Wild Habitat

Alpine meadows, thin woods.   Over granitic rocks

Distinctive Features

Underside of leaves curved, upper side almost covered by 'white stripe'.   Finely reticulated fibrous corm tunic.   Pale lilac or whitish flower

Closest Relatives

Crocus nevadensis

Cultivation Requirements

Not easy, cool dryish summer rest required. Lime free compost


Occasionally offered in specialist seed lists

With its distinctive leaves (almost all other species have flat topped leaves and a keel un the underside) this plant is fairly easily distinguished form other species when in growth.

Crocus carpetanus

Crocus carpetanus

Finely reticulate (netted) fibrous corm tunic.

Crocus carpetanus

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