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Crocus hadriaticus parnassicus

Flowering Time



Greece (Mt Parnassos)

Native Climate


Wild Habitat

Grassy places and thin scrub on stony slopes

Distinctive Features

White flower without yellow throat. Corm tunic fine netted fibres

Closest Relatives

Crocus hadriaticus hadriaticus;

Crocus hadriaticus parnonicus;

Crocus thomasii; Crocus cartwrightianus

Cultivation Requirements

Protection advised in areas with cool, wet summer or severe cold winter.   Grown outside in southern UK gardens given a sunny spot and well drained soil


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In essence a local variation which is similar to ssp hadriaticus except for the white throat in ssp parnassicus (yellow in ssp hadriaticus)   For discussion of the different subspecies see Crocus hadriaticus hadriaticus

This plant can be confused with Crocus cartwrightianus white forms, a confusion that has been perpetuated in commerce.   Crocus hadriaticus has a style which divides above the throat of the flower and is less than half as long as the petals while Crocus cartwrightianus has long style branches which arise, divided in the throat of the flower.

Crocus hadriaticus parnassicus

Crocus hadriaticus parnassicus

The lower picture may represent Crocus cartwrightianus with its long style branches.

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