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Crocus

Very few early-flowering bulbous, tuberous and cormous plants are as extensively planted as the Crocus. Indispensable for each and every garden, they join snowdrops, winter aconites and glory-of-the-snow as the very first heralds of spring. The bright yellow ones, so often seen, bring the first bit of ’warmth’ to the new year. More than 100 species are known, but only thirty have been cultivated. The most popular crocuses are the ones that no longer closely resemble their wild ancestors.
 

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Crocus 'Yalta'

Crocus 'Yalta' is incredibly ravishing with silvery white petals on the outside, and rich blue-violet petals on the inside that contrast nicely against the brilliant orange anthers. Borne atop dark purple stems, the blossoms are among the largest crocus flowers. The grass-like foliage features narrow, dark green leaves with a very thin central silver stripe.

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Crocus biflorus 'Miss Vain' (Scotch Crocus)

Crocus biflorus 'Miss Vain' features slightly fragrant, goblet-shaped, white flowers adorned with prominent orange-yellow anthers and linear, dark green leaves with a silvery, central stripe. Like most other crocuses, it is ideal for naturalizing and looks spectacular in large sweeping drifts. Alternatively, it can be grown in pots or containers so that the delicate blooms can be admired at close quarters.

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Crocus chrysanthus 'Ard Schenk' (Snow Crocus)

Crocus chrysanthus 'Ard Schenk' features large, pristine white flowers adorned with a luminous golden heart and prominent orange-yellow anthers. Like most other crocuses, it is ideal for naturalizing and looks spectacular in large sweeping drifts. Alternatively, it can be grown in pots or containers so that the delicate blooms can be admired at close quarters.

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Crocus chrysanthus 'Blue Pearl' (Snow Crocus)

Attractive, floriferous, fragrant, vigorous and reliable. Quite remarkable!

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Crocus chrysanthus 'Cream Beauty' (Snow Crocus)

Late winter or early spring bloomer with butter cream attractive blossoms!

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Crocus chrysanthus 'Gipsy Girl' (Snow Crocus)

Crocus chrysanthus 'Gipsy Girl' is a particularly attractive Snow Crocus with large, deep gold flowers, strikingly marked with bronze or plum feathering on their outer petals. Excellent planted in large drifts to form a colorful flower carpet in the grass and garden beds.

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Crocus chrysanthus 'Goldilocks' (Snow Crocus)

As suggested by its name, Crocus chrysanthus 'Goldilocks' is a very showy Snow Crocus with intense, golden yellow flowers, adorned with dark purplish-brown feathering on their outer tepals. Its grass-like foliage features narrow, dark green leaves with a very thin central silver stripe. Introduced in 1950, this crocus is slightly scented and will lift the spirits of winter-weary gardeners.

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Crocus chrysanthus 'Prins Claus' (Snow Crocus)

Crocus chrysanthus 'Prins Claus' is so ravishing with its rather large, white flowers delicately striped with blue-purple blotches and its rich golden heart.

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Crocus chrysanthus 'Romance' (Snow Crocus)

Crocus Chrysanthus 'Romance' is considered as one of the most romantic crocuses! It displays tight cup-shaped, warm creamy-yellow flowers with darker markings that open wide in the sun. This crocus is not only attractive but also floriferous, vigorous and reliable. Quite remarkable!

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Crocus chrysanthus 'Snow Bunting' (Snow Crocus)

Crocus chrysanthus 'Snow Bunting' is still considered one of the best spring flowering crocuses. Winner of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit in 1993, it is as white as its name suggests and displays ivory flowers with a rich golden heart and a light lilac feathering at the base. This crocus emits a sweet scent and spreads to make decent clumps.

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Crocus chrysanthus 'Zwanenburg Bronze' (Snow Crocus)

Fragrant, Crocus chrysanthus 'Zwanenburg Bronze' is a very showy perennial corm with its rich, deep yellow cup-shaped flowers, heavily marked outside with dark bronze

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Crocus chrysanthus (Snow Crocus)

Blooming well before the fat Dutch Crocus (Crocus vernus), Crocus chrysanthus (Snow Crocus) pokes through the bare earth or snow to cheer gardeners and capture their heart. This crocus, which grows wild in such places as Greece, produces smaller flowers than those of the familiar 'Dutch crocuses' but in greater numbers.

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Crocus minimus 'Spring Beauty'

Crocus minimus 'Spring Beauty' is incredibly ravishing with its pale lilac petals flamed dark plum on the outside, a paler lavender-purple on the inside contrasting pale yellow anthers. The flowers are quite small but they are produced in such profusion that they make up for their small stature. Its grass-like foliage features narrow, dark green leaves with a very thin central silver stripe.

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Crocus sativus (Saffron Crocus)

Celebrated for more than 2000 years, Crocus sativus or Saffron Crocus has been cultivated for its invaluable red stamens, the source of culinary saffron.

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Crocus sieberi 'Violet Queen' (Sieber's Crocus)

Vigorous and easily established, this crocus increases nicely over time, providing attractive splashes of color, like scattered gemstones sparkling on the ground!

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