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Crocus olivieri balansae

Flowering Time



W Turkey

Native Climate


Wild Habitat

Open slopes and in scrub to 1000m

Distinctive Features

Orange-yellow flower usually marked with purplish brown.   Style divided into 12-15 branches.   Corm tunic membranous, splitting at the base

Closest Relatives

Crocus olivieri olivieri;

Crocus olivieri istanbulensis;

Crocus flavus; Crocus graveolens;

Crocus vitellinus

Cultivation Requirements

Cool moist winter.   Warm dryish summer rest.   (Probably best given winter protection in UK gardens)


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Crocus olivieri balansae

Crocus olivieri balansae

'font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt'>Pictures John Lonsdale


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