There are about eighty species of crocus. Their cup-shaped,
solitary, salverform flowers taper off into a narrow tube.
Their color varies enormously, although lilac, mauve, yellow
and white are predominant.
Crocus are one of the earliest blooming bulbs
and has been known to bloom surrounded by snow.
Other Names: Colchicum, Colchicum autumnale,
Colchicum speciosum, Colchicum vernum, Colchique
d'Automne, Cólquico, Crocus, Fall Crocus, Meadow
Saffran, Meadow Saffron, Mysteria, Naked Ladies,
Upstart, Vellorita, Wonder Bulb, Autumn Crocus,
Dutch Crocus, Snow Crocus
Descriptions: Crocus have cup shaped flowers,
that herald the coming of the Spring.
Size: Crocus plants grow to 4" to
6" in height.
Symbolism: Crocus flowers symbolize foresight,
they are one of the first flowers to emerge after
winter and have the foresight to know Spring is
Grow Details: Crocus are easy to grow
from corms (bulbs).
Soil Type: Well
Soil PH: PH 6.0-7.0
Light: Sun to Light Shade
Grow Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Height: Crocus grows 4" to
6" in height.
Flower Colors: Orange, Yellow, Blue,
Purple, White, Striped
Propagation: Plant bulbs in the Fall.
Division/Transplants: Divide crocus
Blooming Period: Late Winter to Spring
Herbal Remedy Properties: Crocus is not
recommended for medicinal use due to the poisonous
alkaloid, colchicine, that is found throughout
the plant. Despite that crocus has been used by
herbalists to treat gout.
Native Area: Crocus are native to Europe,
North Africa and Asia.
Other: Crocus heralds the coming of Spring!
Crocus Flower Gifts
|Most crocus species and hybrids should be planted
in a sunny position, in gritty, well-drained soil,
although a few prefer shadier sites in moist soil.