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Crocus speciosus

Crocus speciosus

This autumn-flowering cormous perennial bears long-tubed flowers in shades of violet-blue with deeper blue veins and divided, bright orange styles.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsNaturalizes easily in grass, as it increases rapidly by seeds and offsets.

CareNeeds spring sun to store enough food to flower. Once the foliage has ripened, denser shade is not a problem, so choose companion plants carefully. Grow in gritty, poor to moderately fertile, well-drained soil.

PropagationRemove cormlets during dormancy.

ProblemsMice, voles, and squirrels may feed on the corms. Birds may pick off flowers.

  • Genus : Crocus
  • Zones : 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Bloom Time : Early Fall, Fall
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Fall Interest
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Self Seeds
  • Plant Height : Under 6 inches
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