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PlantFiles: Fall Crocus
Crocus tournefortii

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Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Crocus (KROH-kus) (Info)
Species: tournefortii (toor-ne-FOR-tee-eye) (Info)

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Category:
Alpines and Rock Gardens
Bulbs

Height:
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:
3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Hardiness:
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

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Light Blue
Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:
Late Fall/Early Winter

Foliage:
Herbaceous
Variegated

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:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral Todd_Boland On Dec 10, 2004, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is the latest flowering fall crocus in my collection, blooming in early December. It is not hardy in my area so I grow it in pots and overwinter them in an unheated basement window. In the wild, the flowers are held above the leaves when they open, but in my case, the flowers are hidden among the leaves so it's not as showy as my other fall crocus. This species is native to the Aegean Islands and Crete.

Regional...

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

Garberville, California



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