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Crocus serotinus serotinus

Flowering Time




Native Climate

Cool moist winter, warm dry summer

Wild Habitat

Open rocky/sandy places, pinewoods, often in acid soils

Distinctive Features

Flowers in shades of lilac.   Corm tunic coarsely netted fibres

Closest Relatives

Crocus serotinus clusii;

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 serotinus

Crocus serotinus serotinus