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Crocus vallicola

Flowering Time

Late summer, early autumn


N E Turkey; adjacent areas of former Soviet Union

Native Climate

Cold winter with snow, cool moist summer

Wild Habitat

Damp turf and subalpine pastures over granitic rocks

Distinctive Features

Flower white with slight purple veining, petals often with wispy tips.   Corm tunic membranous with fibres

Closest Relatives

Crocus scharojanii

Crocus kotschyanus suworowianus

Cultivation Requirements

Moisture retentive soil.   Cool moist winter. Short drier rest in summer but not completely dry, (new root growth starts in summer)


Specialist bulb suppliers.   Occasionally in society seed lists

A very attractive species which is often the first to come into flower at the start of the Crocus season in cultivation, in August (N Hemisphere).   Can be grown outside in UK gardens given a well drained moisture retentive soil and semi shaded position.

In the wild this species often grow in habitats very close to Crocus scharojanii but occupies slightly drier situations away from the very moist and seepage areas that Crocus scharojanii prefers.

Crocus vallicola

Crocus vallicola raised from wild collected seed.   Note the variation in the flowers.

Crocus vallicola

Crocus vallicola

A well veined flower.   The yellow markings at the base of each petal can be much bolder.

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