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Crocus imperati imperati

Flowering Time

Winter and Early Spring


W Italy (South from Naples); Capri

Native Climate


Wild Habitat

Short turf and thin woodland

Distinctive Features

Lilac flowers with outside of outer petals buff, marked with dark purple.   Corm tunic parallel fibres

Closest Relatives

Crocus versicolor

Cultivation Requirements

Well drained soil in sun.   (Grown without protection in UK gardens given these conditions)


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Differentiated from subspecies suaveolens by having a bract and bracteole.   (Subspecies suaveolens lacks a bracteole.)   In the pictures below bract and bracteole are clearly visible in some of the flowers while the ssp suaveolens flower has just the bract and no sign of bracteole.  

Crocus imperati imperati

Four forms of crocus imperati imperati.   Far left flower is from subspecies suaveolens

Crocus imperati imperati

Crocus imperati White form

Crocus imperati imperati

Parallel fibrous corm tunics with fine netting near the top.