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Crocus pulchellus

Flowering Time

Autumn

Distribution

Macedonia; Serbia; S Bulgaria; N Greece; Turkey

Native Climate

Mediterranean

Wild Habitat

Damp turf and in thin woodland or scrub

Distinctive Features

Flowers pale to mid lilac with darker veins. Anthers white, filaments hairy.   Corm tunic coriaceous splitting into rings at the base

Closest Relatives

Crocus speciosus

Cultivation Requirements

Tolerant of some summer moisture. Grown outside without protection in UK gardens given well drained soil

Availability

Widely available from specialist suppliers and in commerce*

An easy and attractive autumn flowering species, with a stronger tube than the related Crocus speciosus.   This makes it a better garden plant, being less prone to flop over.   There is a very large flowered form, possibly of hybrid origin, called 'Zephyr'.   This has greyish lilac flowers.

*In UK garden centres some (or more) of the stock offered (of Dutch origin) is unfortunately mixed or hybridised with Crocus speciosus.   Only a proportion of the corms will produce flowers of the appearance below, the rest appear to be Crocus speciosus.  

Crocus pulchellus

A form raised from wild collected seed

Crocus pulchellus

A clone available from UK specialist bulb suppliers.

Crocus pulchellus

White form.   Vigorous and increases in the garden here.

Crocus pulchellus

Corms showing papery tunic with some evidence of basal rings.

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