Overview

Distribution

National Distribution

United States

Origin: Exotic

Regularity: Regularly occurring

Currently: Unknown/Undetermined

Confidence: Confident

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Conservation Status

National NatureServe Conservation Status

United States

Rounded National Status Rank: NNA - Not Applicable

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Crocus sieberi

Crocus sieberi (Sieber's crocus), also referred to as the Cretan crocus or snow crocus (as is Crocus chrysanthus), is a plant of the Crocus genus in the Iridaceae family. A small, early blooming crocus, it easily naturalises, and is marked by a brilliant orange which is mostly confined to the stamens and style, fading through the bottom third of the tepal. It grows wild in the Balkans, Greece and Crete. There are four subtypes: sieberi (Crete), atticus (Attica area around Athens), nivalis and sublimis. Its cultivars are used as ornamental plants. Height: 3–4 inches (7.6–10.2 cm).

Cultivars[edit]

Examples:

  • 'Bowles's White'agm[1] (white with orange centre)
  • 'Firefly' (lilac)
  • 'Hubert Edelsten'agm[2] (outside deep purple with broad white bands, inside pale lilac with orange center)
  • 'Ronald Ginns' (pale pink to white petals with dark purple feathering on the outside and a yellow throat)
  • 'Tricolor'agm[3] (gold centre, middle white band, outer rich lilac-blue edge)
  • 'Violet Queen' (deep amethyst-violet flowers, paler within, with a rich, golden centre)

The species[4] and the cultivars marked agm have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Crocus sieberi 'Bowles's White'". Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Crocus sieberi 'Hubert Edelsten'". Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Crocus sieberi subsp. sublimis 'Tricolor'". Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Crocus sieberi". Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
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