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Crocus pulchellus

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Crocus (KROH-kus) (Info)
Species: pulchellus (pul-KEL-us) (Info)

One member has or wants this plant for trade.

Alpines and Rock Gardens

under 6 in. (15 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow
Bright Yellow
Light Blue
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer

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)
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Howard_C On Oct 10, 2004, Howard_C from St John's, NL wrote:

Pulchellus means small & beautiful, which certainly fits my specimen - recently purchased from Ruksans. The pale lilac flowers veined in purple are only about 2 cm high - but according to Brian Mathew in "The Crocus" this is the lower end of the size range. I have grown the hybrid, "Zephyr" outside well for many years, but this is my first experience with the parent. Since I am not sure of its hardiness here in St John's Newfoundland, as usual, I am trying some outside, but keeping one in my small bulb frame for security and this one flowered first.


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

Garberville, California
Coos Bay, Oregon

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