Crocus ‘King of the Striped’

large-flowering crocus

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Outstanding Qualities

Crocus are a harbinger of spring and bring a burst of color to the garden in very late winter to early spring. This hybrid cultivar is easy to grow and long-lived with goblet-shaped flowers that have a unique purple veining, or “striping,” covering the white petals and bright orange anthers. The wispy green foliage, with a thin silvery median, emerges right behind the flowers and expands as the blooms fade, then goes dormant in early summer making them quite drought tolerant.

Quick Facts

Plant Type: bulb

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 0 ft. 5 in. (0.12 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 0 ft. 9 in. (0.23 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 8

Flower Color: lavender

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: drought tolerant

Seasonal Interest: early spring flowers

Wildlife Associations: bees

Culture Notes
Crocus generally grow best in full sun, although they will tolerate light or open shade. Plant in well-drained soil, and as long as there is adequate rainfall during spring, there is no need to water because once the foliage goes dormant in late spring the corms are drought tolerant. If planted in a lawn situation, do not mow until the leaves turn yellow indicating dormancy.