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Crocus vernus albiflorus

Flowering Time

Spring

Distribution

Albania; Austria; Czechoslovakia; Sicily; Macedonia; Serbia; Italy; Germany; Switzerland; France; Spain

Native Climate

Cold winter with snow cover usually lengthy. Short alpine summer

Wild Habitat

Mountain turf

Distinctive Features

Flower commonly white but can be purple of striped. Corm tunic fine fibres, can be slightly netted

Closest Relatives

Crocus vernus vernus

Cultivation Requirements

Cool winter, plenty moisture in spring. Cool drier but not sunbaked summer rest

Availability

Specialist bulb suppliers

A mountain plant with a widespread distribution from the Pyrenees in the South through the Alps to Czechoslovakia.   Generally smaller flowered than Crocus vernus vernus, it occupies a different habitat where the two subspecies do occur in close localities, often seen flowering as the snow melts in spring or summer. (I have seen this species in flower in the Alps in late June)

Crocus vernus albiflorus

Crocus vernus albiflorus

Crocus vernus albiflorus

Crocus vernus albiflorus - Switzerland June 2001

Crocus vernus albiflorus

Crocus vernus albiflorus

Crocus vernus albiflorus - Switzerland June 2001

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