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Crocus korolkowii

Flowering Time

Spring

Distribution

Afghanistan; N Pakistan; Tajikistan; Uzbekistan

Native Climate

Cold winter with snow, dry summer

Wild Habitat

Open rocky and grassy places above 1200m

Distinctive Features

Glossy yellow flowers variously marked dark brown. Corm tunic membranous ageing to many parallel fibres

Closest Relatives

Crocus alatavicus;   Crocus michelsonii

Cultivation Requirements

Dryish summer preferred, tolerant of winter cold and wet.   (Grown outside in sunny, well drained sites in UK gardens)

Availability

Specialist bulb suppliers

A number of striking named forms of this species are available from specialist suppliers.   The main difference is in the exterior markings, which range from slight speckling to large dark zones. An unusual white form has arisen in cultivation.   This has been named 'Snow Leopard' and is illustrated below.

Crocus korolkowii

Crocus korolkowii

Crocus korolkowii

Crocus korolkowii

Crocus korolkowii Crocus korolkowii 'Snow Leopard'

Crocus korolkowii

Crocus korolkowii

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