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PlantFiles: Autumn Crocus, Fall Crocus
Crocus laevigatus var. fontenayi

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Crocus (KROH-kus) (Info)
Species: laevigatus var. fontenayi

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under 6 in. (15 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

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
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
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)

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
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive pogotree On Jan 2, 2008, pogotree from Coos Bay, OR (Zone 9a) wrote:

Coos Bay, OR
zone 9a
This is a wonderful greek crocus with an unusual blooming period that that bridges the gap between the early spring and late fall species. The foliage emerges in late fall followed soon after by the flowers. For me the blooms have come over a long period of time as opposed to the single flush of flowers from others species that I have grown; So far it has been blooming four weeks since early december and still has more buds showing at the base. The flowers are also nicely scented. It has benefited here from overhead cover to protect it from the heavy winter rains that occur along the oregon coast. Most likely this is a fairly tender plant due to its habit of coming into growth in the middle of winter.


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

Little Rock, Arkansas
Garberville, California
Coos Bay, Oregon

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