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Crocus speciosus ssp. speciosus

Crocus speciosus ssp. speciosus
autumn crocus
Crocus speciosus ssp. speciosus

Common name autumn crocus
Family iridaceae
Life cycle perennial bulb (Z4-9)
Flowers deep sky-blue (October)
Size 6"
Light sun
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil

The first of our autumn crocuses to flower, its clear blue flowers rise on bare stems - the foliage comes and goes in spring. The inside has yellow color in addition to the blue, but the flowers close in the afternoon, and are entirely blue in that state, which makes them stick out even more in the close-to-the-ground late-season garden scenery: fall debris, perennials starting to show autumn coloration in their leaves. Always good for a smile.

autumn crocus
Just like their spring-blooming cousins, these have a tendency to poke up their heads through other plants that have filled in while the bulbs are resting under ground. In this case, a mounding Geranium oxonianum.

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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