Chilean Blue Crocus

Tecophilaea cyanocrocus

Family: Tecophilaeaceae
Genus: Tecophilaea (Tek-o-fy-lee-ah) (Info)
Species: cyanocrocus (sy-an-oh-KRO-kuss) (Info)

Category:

Alpines and Rock Gardens

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Foliage:

Deciduous

Smooth

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

under 6 in. (15 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)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Dark Blue

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Mar 17, 2002, Baa wrote:

Cormous, summer dormant plant from Chile.

Has lance like, mid green leaves. Bears funnel shaped, 6 petalled, bright blue flowers sometimes with a few white streaks.

Flowers between March-May

Requires sharply drained, sandy soil in full sun. Corms need to be kept dry over the summer and don't appreciate being overwatered in growth.

Bit of a Primadonna by all accounts, the one here has a flower bud (March 2002) which has died for no known reason. May be best kept in an alpine house.

Minimum winter temperature 23F

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