TOW Crocus Species

Jane McGary
Sat, 08 Feb 2003 15:34:43 PST
I may have brought this up before, but I will run it by the panel again in
the hope that it rings a bell with somebody.

I have a mystery crocus here, in flower right now (along with C.
tommasinianus, sieberi, gargaricus, chrysanthus, and their ilk), that came
up as a rogue in a batch of C. kosaninii seedlings raised from seed
obtained in 1996 from, of all places, the American Iris Society seed
exchange. The others appear to be C. kosaninii.

This crocus has the leaves about half up at flowering. They are rather like
C. vernus leaves. The flowers have fairly narrow segments which are deep
violet with remarkable white margins, especially on the outer 3 segments.
(The margins are somewhat papery - this is not a crocus with a dark central
zone overlaying a basically white flower, as far as I can tell.) The
anthers are light yellow and the style is deeper yellow, divided with tips
that I would call crested, perhaps -- not noticeably branching. Today I
found a seedling of it, quite the same, growing in the plunge sand about 3
feet away.

Does this sound like anything anyone else has flowering now?

Jane McGary
NW Oregon

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