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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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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:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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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

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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Gabrielle 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.

Neutral CaptMicha 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.

Neutral Baa 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.


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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