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PlantFiles: Dutch Crocus, Spring Crocus
Crocus vernus 'King of the Striped'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Crocus (KROH-kus) (Info)
Species: vernus (VER-nus) (Info)
Cultivar: King of the Striped

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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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

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)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Clary On Jun 22, 2012, Clary from Lewisburg, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Very large crocus flower in pure white with well-defined purple stripes. Even a few of these catch the eye due to their brightness and size.

Positive mutant On Mar 13, 2005, mutant from Houston, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I purchased some bulbs past October I saw the pictures and I knew I wanted those in my garden. However I have no flowers yet. I gave few bulbs to friends and I have gotten the BEST feedback ever! thanking me for the gift of plants =)
This particular crocus likes to be planted while is still cold(not freezing) outside. In my area is about Nov-Dec planting to have beauties showing right in time for Spring.
And they are-a-comin' stay posted for pix
03/17/05 finally! the first flower of the season I hope you enjoy it as much I we do =)


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

Garberville, California
Divernon, Illinois
Florence, Mississippi
Tamworth, New Hampshire
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
Houston, Texas
Leesburg, Virginia

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