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General Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Crocus genus. There are about 80 cormous perennial herbs in this genus. They are mainly spring or autumn flowering and have funnel shaped to rounded flowers, which are followed by pale green or silver-white linear to lanceolate, basal leaves. Most of the species are less than 10cm tall when in flower and they have a spread of 2-8cms. The plants will grow well in rock gardens.

Characteristics

Perennials, Herbaceous

Origin

Europe, Africa, Asia and China

Interest and use

Plants are ideal for rock gardens and for slight forcing in bowls for an early indoor display.

Cultivation

They are fully to frost hardy, and most will require well drained soil with a sunny situation. Plant them about 5-6 cms deep in late summer or early autumn.

Propagation

You can propagate in early autumn by seeds or by division if the clumps of corms have formed.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Mice, voles and squirrels.

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