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Crocus olivieri subsp. balansae ‘Orange Monarch’

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Crocus olivieri subsp. balansae 'Orange Monarch', Crocus 'Orange Monarch', Crocus balansae 'Orange Monarch', Crocus 'Orange King', Botanical Crocus, Spring Bulbs, Spring Flowers

Crocus olivieri subsp. balansae ‘Orange Monarch’ is a most striking little flower bulb boasting golden-orange, goblet-shaped flowers suffused with rich mahogany feathering on the outer three petals. The glossy exterior of the tepals contrasts nicely with the brilliant orange yellow interior and bright threads of golden anthers. The cheerful blossoms are borne atop the foliage of long, narrow, dark green leaves, each adorned with a fine, central, silver stripe.

  • Blooming occurs in early spring. The calyx-shaped flowers open only when the sun shines or when there is a lot of light; they close up in rainy weather and at night. 
  • Growing up to 3-4 inches tall (7-10 cm), this beauty naturalizes easily and will come back year after year!
  • Easily grown in gritty, poor to moderately fertilewell-drained soil in full sun or light shade. Protect from excessive winter wet.
  • Stunning in beds and borders, in city gardens, cottage gardens, rock gardens, containers or on banks and slopes. Spectacular in large sweeping drifts. For optimal effect, 100 to 150 corms should be planted. If used in lawns, however, the grass may not be mowed until six weeks after the crocuses have bloomed. If mowed earlier than this, the newly forming cormlets (developing on top of the mother corm) will not become large enough to flower next year.
  • To be planted in fall.
  • Propagate by division of established clumps or by separating cormlets when dormant.
  • Remove leaves only after they have completely died down.
  • Crocus olivieri subsp. balansae is native to West Turkey.

Very few early-flowering bulbous, tuberous and cormous plants are so massively planted as the Crocus. Together with tulips, hyacinths and narcissi, these plants are the most commonly found ‘bulb’ plants in gardens and parks. More than 100 species are known, but only thirty have been cultivated. Some crocuses flower in the fall, but these are fairly rare. Crocuses are lovely in lawns as well as in the perennial border where they join the other very early perennials in ringing in the flowering season.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Plant Type Bulbs
Plant Family Iridaceae
Genus Crocus
Common names Crocus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Height 3" - 4"
(8cm - 10cm)
Spread 2" - 3"
(5cm - 8cm)
Spacing 3" - 4"
(8cm - 10cm)
Depth 4" (10cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Attracts Bees
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Crocus vernus ‘King of the Striped’ (Dutch Crocus)
Crocus tommasinianus ‘Albus’ (Early Crocus)
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Crocus tommasinianus ‘Lilac Beauty’ (Early Crocus)
Crocus ancyrensis ‘Golden Bunch’ (Snow Crocus)
Crocus vernus ‘Grand Maitre’ (Dutch Crocus)

Recommended Companion Plants

Helleborus Winter Jewels ‘Amethyst Gem’ (Hellebore)
Galanthus nivalis (Snowdrop)

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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.
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Requirements

Hardiness 4 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Plant Type Bulbs
Plant Family Iridaceae
Genus Crocus
Common names Crocus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Height 3" - 4"
(8cm - 10cm)
Spread 2" - 3"
(5cm - 8cm)
Spacing 3" - 4"
(8cm - 10cm)
Depth 4" (10cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Attracts Bees
Garden Uses Banks And Slopes, Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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Do I Need?
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