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PlantFiles: Spring Crocus
Crocus versicolor

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Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Crocus (KROH-kus) (Info)
Species: versicolor (VER-suh-kuh-lor) (Info)

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Category:
Bulbs

Height:
under 6 in. (15 cm)

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

Hardiness:
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

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Purple
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring

Foliage:
Herbaceous
Variegated

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

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 Jan 7, 2005, Todd_Boland from St. John's, NL (Zone 5b) wrote:

This is a lovely, quite small crocus that blooms the same time as Crocus chrysanthus. The flowers have a somewhat starry appearance when fully open. The insides of the petals are pure white while the outer petals are feathered purple. This species requires baking in summer to do well. Mine only survived one year presumably because it was too wet during the summer months or not hot enough. They are native to the mountains near Nice, France.

Regional...

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

Garberville, California
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania



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