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Crocus veluchensis

Flowering Time



C & S Albania; Macedonia; Bulgaria; C & N Greece

Native Climate

Montane Mediterranean.   (Snow cover in winter)

Wild Habitat

Alpine meadows, open woodland

Distinctive Features

Flower pale - deep purple.   Corm tunic finely netted fibres

Closest Relatives

Crocus sieberi sublimis

Cultivation Requirements

Variable!   Some forms are straightforward requiring a cool moist growing season (autumn-spring) and a cool drier summer rest.   As with other alpine species, forms from high altitude are more difficult to please.


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Crocus veluchensis in its more tractable forms can be a successful garden plant, with no requirement for a warm, dry summer rest.

Comparison with Crocus sieberi sublimis will show that the most noticeable differences are the lack of any yellow in the throat of Crocus veluchensis and the flower shape.   Crocus sieberi commonly has a 'waisted' shape, the flowers opening almost flat.   Crocus veluchensis is funnel or goblet shaped. The lower picture is of plants raised from wild collected seed that may represent hybrids with Crocus sieberi sublimis.   The two taxa do overlap on some mountain passes in N Greece.  

Crocus veluchensis

An unusually dark flowered form

Crocus veluchensis

Crocus veluchensis

Crocus veluchensis

Crocus veluchensis

The lower two pictures are of a wild form found on Mt Kalmakcalan, N Greece - seed raised.   Some of these seedlings have a hint of yellow in the throat of the flower, but not all.   Compare with Crocus sieberi sublimis.

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