Semi-double crocus
Sun, 27 Mar 2005 13:06:39 PST
Dell asked about a semi-double Crocus... Such plants occur every now and
then and may be fixed and repeat every time (or at least in the primary
flower of the shoot) or it could be a one-off freak in a first flower.

In C. tommasinianus there is one semi-double, 'Eric Smith', with a 4 x 4
arrangement, and the same occurs in some flowers of C. chrysanthus 'E.P.
Bowles'. At one time there was a semi-double C. imperati, and Crispin van de
Pas in his Hortus Floridus of 1615 illustrates a semi-double plants of
(probably) C. biflorus and C. angustifolius. So semi-double Crocus are
known, but are unusual and certainly worth selecting.

John Grimshaw

Dr John M. Grimshaw
Garden Manager, Colesbourne Gardens

Sycamore Cottage
Nr Cheltenham
Gloucestershire GL53 9NP

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dell Sherk" <>
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Sent: Sunday, March 27, 2005 8:41 PM
Subject: [pbs] Semi-double crocus

> Dear All,
> I discovered, in my garden, a seedling crocus blooming for the first time
> which has ten perianth segments (petals) and is colored like C.
> tommasinianus, but the petals are more rounded. It's not open today
> the weather is cloudy, so I can't give a more detailed description. Does
> anyone know if this is a relatively common occurrence and whether this
> could be transmitted to offspring via vegetative reproduction or
> cloning?
> Happy Easter,
> Dell
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