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Crocus goulimyi goulimyi

Flowering Time

Autumn

Distribution

S Greece (Mani peninsula, Peloponnese)

Native Climate

Mediterranean

Wild Habitat

Dry places over limestone.   (Especially old/neglected olive and fig groves)

Distinctive Features

Long tubed lilac flowers.   Coriaceous corm tunic

Closest Relatives

Crocus goulimyi leucanthus

Cultivation Requirements

Warm, well drained soil.   Dry summer rest best.   (This species is grown outside in some UK gardens but is more likely to thrive given some protection)

Availability

Widely available from specialist bulb suppliers

The two subspecies of Crocus goulimyi represent populations from different parts of the Peloponnese.   The principal difference is in flower colour, subspecies goulimyi being primarily lilac while subspecies leucanthus is white or very pale lilac.   The cultivar 'Mani White' pictured below is a clone of subspecies goulimyi which arose in cultivation and has proved as vigorous and easy to propagate as the lilac forms.

Crocus goulimyi goulimyi

Crocus goulimyi goulimyi

Crocus goulimyi goulimyi

Crocus goulimyi goulimyi

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