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

Category:

Bulbs

Height:

under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Violet/Lavender

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Foliage:

Herbaceous

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:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

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 =)