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Crocus vitellinus

Flowering Time

Winter, early spring


S Turkey; W Syria

Native Climate

Cool winter, warm drier summer

Wild Habitat

Stony places, scrub, thin woodland

Distinctive Features

Flower orange-yellow, sometimes marked purple/brown on outer petals.   Corm tunic thickly membranous, splitting into parallel strips

Closest Relatives

Crocus graveolens

Cultivation Requirements

Winter protection advised, warm dry summer rest


Occasionally from specialist bulb suppliers

Relatively easy to distinguish form Crocus graveolens by its larger flowers and fewer, wider, dark green leaves.

Crocus vitellinus

Crocus vitellinus

Crocus vitellinus