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Snow Crocus, Golden Crocus

Crocus chrysanthus

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Crocus (KROH-kus) (Info)
Species: chrysanthus (kris-ANTH-us) (Info)
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Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


under 6 in. (15 cm)


3-6 in. (7-15 cm)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Garberville, California

Jacksonville, Florida

Washington, Illinois

Brookeville, Maryland

Detroit, Michigan

Pinconning, Michigan

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 28, 2008, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Blooming in March, these are the first flowers to bloom in my garden. Such a welcome sight after a cold winter! A beautiful hint of things to come.


On Apr 5, 2005, CaptMicha from Brookeville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

An early flowering bulb in my zone, 7b.

Pleasing to the eye and doesn't require any care that I know about.

The only drawback to this plant is that it dislikes wet, which causes the flowers to bloom limp and weak.


On Dec 5, 2001, Baa wrote:

A small, cormous perennial from the Asia Minor regions.

Has grass-like, dull green leaves which appear in late Autumn-Winter. Bears goblet shaped, creamy-deep yellow flowers often deeply veined bronze on the outside of the petals.

Flowers February-March

Likes a well drained, gritty soil in full sun.

This Crocus is an important species for breeding the hybrid Crocus we see each year in our Spring gardens.