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Crocus minimus

Flowering Time



Sardinia; S Corsica

Native Climate


Wild Habitat

Stony and sandy situations, in grass of scrub

Distinctive Features

Flower lilac with outer three petals buff with purple markings.   Corm tunic parallel fibres

Closest Relatives

Crocus corsicus; Crocus cambessedesii

Cultivation Requirements

Grown outside in some UK gardens. Not requiring a special regime


Available in some UK Garden centres and from specialist bulb suppliers

Easily grown and flowering late enough to miss the worst of the winter weather, Crocus minimus will tolerate a well-drained, sunny position in the garden.   It is also excellent for the rock garden, raised beds and troughs.   Given optimum conditions it will increase readily by corm division.

Crocus minimus

Crocus minimus - form available in UK nursery trade.

Crocus minimus

Crocus minimus 'Bavella' - this dark flowered form of Crocus minimus was introduced into cultivation by Alan Edwards who discovered it on the Col de Bavella in Corsica.   A few corms were collected and fortunately the plant breeds true from seed which is freely produced in cultivation.   A full discussion of this plant and the needs of Crocus minimus is to be found in the Quarterly Bulletin of The Alpine Garden Society Vol 68, No 2, pp241-242.   Note that these plants have a white style.

Crocus minimus

Crocus minimus

Close up of the anthers and style of Crocus minimus.   The close proximity of the stigmatic surfaces to the pollen is very favourable to seed set, aiding the propagation of the species in cultivation.

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