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Crocus cartwrightianus

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Features

  • BloomsSeptember to March
  • Height0.05m to 0.1m
  • Spread0.05m to 0.1m
  • Growth HabitRosette
  • Flower ColourWhite veined purple
  • Leaf ColourDull green
  • AwardsRHS Garden Merit

Description

Crocus cartwrightianus. A low perennial herb native to Greece. Flowers in late autumn or early winter with the new leaves of the next season’s growth - so it could be classed as very early rather than very late. The small flowers vary in colour from purple to white, with darker veining and suffused with purple toward the base.

Characteristics

Perennial, Fragrant

Origin

Greece

Interest and use

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

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

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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