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Crocus Pages by Tony Goode
Species Crocus species

Crocus serotinus clusii

Flowering Time



Portugal; NW Spain; SW Spain

Native Climate

Cool winter, warm drier summer

Wild Habitat

Open places, thin scrub or pinewoods

Distinctive Features

Flower in shades of lilac.   Corm tunic finely netted fibres

Closest Relatives

Crocus serotinus serotinus;

Crocus serotinus salzmannii

Cultivation Requirements

Warm dry rest preferred


Specialist bulb suppliers

The three subspecies of Crocus serotinus are most easily distinguished by their corm tunic.   Subspecies serotinus has coarsely netted fibres; subspecies clusii has finely netted fibres; subspecies salzmannii has a membranous tunic splitting into parallel fibres.

All three subspecies can make good garden plants in temperate areas.   Those forms from drier native regions need a drier summer rest.

Crocus serotinus clusii

Crocus serotinus clusii