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Crocus serotinus salzmannii

Flowering Time



N Africa; S C & N Spain

Native Climate

Cool moist winter, warm, often very dry summer

Wild Habitat

Open places, grassy or rocky.   In scrub and thin woodland

Distinctive Features

Flowers in shades of lilac or purple sometimes veined darker.   Corm tunic membranous

Closest Relatives

Crocus serotinus clusii;

Crocus serotinus serotinus

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 salzmannii

Crocus serotinus salzmannii

Crocus serotinus salzmannii

Crocus serotinus salzmannii

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