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Crocus kotschyanus (Autumn Crocus)

Kotschy's Crocus, Crocus zonatus, Autumn Crocus


Crocus kotschyanus (Kotschy's Crocus) is a lovely fall-blooming Crocus with long-tubed, pinkish-lilac or purplish-blue flowers with yellow throats and white anthers. The semi-erect, grassy, green leaves, each with a white line along the center, develop in late winter. Plant among a very low growing groundcover for show, in front of shrubs, around trees and in rock gardens.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Growing up to 4-6 inches tall (10-15 cm), this beauty naturalizes easily. It will come back year after year and multiply to create large colonies.
  • Easily grown in gritty, poor to moderately fertile, well-drained soils in full sun. Prefers to be on the dry side during dormancy.
  • Perfect in beds and borders, rock gardens, cottage gardens, or containers.
  • To be planted in mid to late summer. Plant bulbs in drifts 2 in. deep (5 cm). Where bulbs are planted in grass do not cut the lawn until after the leaves have died back.
  • Propagate by seed, sown in pots in a cold frame when ripe or remove cormlets when dormant.
  • Crocus kotschyanus is found from Turkey to Caucasus and Lebanon.

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Crocus
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Fall
Height 4" – 6" (10cm – 15cm)
Spread 3" (7cm)
Spacing 3" (7cm)
Depth 2" (5cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Crocus
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Fall
Height 4" – 6" (10cm – 15cm)
Spread 3" (7cm)
Spacing 3" (7cm)
Depth 2" (5cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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