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Crocus pulchellus (Autumn Crocus)

Mount Athos Crocus, Hairy Crocus, Autumn Crocus

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Crocus pulchellus, Mount Athos Crocus, Hairy Crocus, Autumn Crocus, Purple flowers, Purple crocus bulbs, Fall Crocus

Crocus pulchellus (Hairy Crocus) is a vigorous, fall-blooming Crocus boasting delicate, goblet-shaped, silvery lilac-blue flowers with darker veining, yellow throats and white anthers. The semi-erect, grassy, green leaves, each with a white line along the center, appear after the flowers. Crocus pulchellus multiplies rapidly producing numerous bulblets all around the parent corm. 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.
  • 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 pulchellus is found in the Northern Balkan Peninsula to Northwestern Turkey.

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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 Iridaceae
Genus Crocus
Common names Crocus, Autumn Crocus
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Fall
Height 4" - 6"
(10cm - 15cm)
Spread 3" (8cm)
Spacing 2" (5cm)
Depth 3" (8cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Bees
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, City and Courtyard
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Alternative Plants to Consider

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

Recommended Companion Plants

Cyclamen hederifolium (Ivy-Leaved Cyclamen)
Stachys byzantina (Lamb’s Ears)

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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 Iridaceae
Genus Crocus
Common names Crocus, Autumn Crocus
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Fall
Height 4" - 6"
(10cm - 15cm)
Spread 3" (8cm)
Spacing 2" (5cm)
Depth 3" (8cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Bees
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden, Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, City and Courtyard
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