Selecting Crocus

Pinterest Hidden Image

Crocus come in about three main categories. Earliest of them are the species, of which there are many. 

These are called winter-flowering, and will bloom at the slightest slackening of wintry weather. 

Select CrocusPin

Most of these are quite small in size but tough and willing to make considerable increases so that after a few years, they form showy clumps. 

They are superb in rock gardens. Next comes the large Dutch crocus, a spectacular kind with big flowers. They rank with the showiest spring bulbs. 

Finally, there is the autumn-flowering crocus planted in August or September and blooms soon afterward before foliage appears. 

Winter-Blooming Crocus Species

Among the winter-blooming species, a choice is difficult, but any garden should include the following:

  • Crocus ancyrensis or Golden Bunch—one of the earliest; small, yellow-orange.
  • Crocus sieberi—very early, soft lilac. A variety called ‘Firefly’ has showy orange stamens.
  • Crocus versicolor picturatus or Cloth of Silver—white with red feathering, large for this class.
  • Crocus tornasinianus—several named kinds, all shades of purple, early.
  • Crocus susianus or Cloth of Gold—yellow with brown stripes.
  • Crocus chrysanthus—comes in many named varieties in shades of blue, cream, yellow. Grassy foliage.
  • Crocus vernus— ‘Vanguard’ is a named kind, blue-gray, early.

Dutch Crocus

Among Dutch croci, these stand out:

  • Little Dorrit (silver-lavender, large)
  • Striped Beauty (white with purple striping, large)
  • Remembrance (soft purple-blue, with showy orange anthers, large)
  • Dutch Yellow Mammoth (early for this type, long-lasting, large)

Autumn Crocus

Among autumn croci, these are notably satisfactory:

  • Crocus zonatus—large lavender with orange at the base, early.
  • Crocus sativus (Saffron) —fragrant pink-lilac feathered with violet.

44659 by Na