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Crocus minimus

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Crocus (KROH-kus) (Info)
Species: minimus (MIN-eh-mus) (Info)

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Alpines and Rock Gardens

under 6 in. (15 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

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)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

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

Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Howard_C On May 13, 2004, Howard_C from St John's, NL wrote:

Crocus minimus is a close relative of C. corsicus, but grows at lower altitudes and also on Sardinia. As its name suggests it's smaller - the tepals are only about 2.5 cm long and it stands only 5 cm high overall. The colouring is similar to C. corsicus, but the dark purple markings on the outer tepals are much bolder.

It seems to be a little more difficult to grow here (St John's, Newfoundland, Can. zone 5b) and I eventually lost my first ones, but the second acquisition, planted in a very well drained exposed spot seem to be doing better so far. They have survived 8 years and slightly increased.


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

Garberville, California
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

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