Crocus speciosus cultivars
Sat, 21 Oct 2006 14:13:40 PDT
    I'll second John about Crocus speciosus ' Oxonian ' as still being distinctive and lovely as well, the darkest clone I've grown.  The other very distinctive one with rather smallish but blue flowers was ' Globosus ' which I haven't seen listed recently.  The flowers despite the name were not notably globose but markedly  blue.  Corms I've gotten as  ' Conquoror ' ,  ' Aitchisonii ' and others haven't been distinguishable.  
     ' Artabir ' is also fairly distinctive with its veining/feathering of darker violet blue on the outer tepals.
Also easily picked out is C speciosus ssp. xantholaimos with its yellow throat.
    A hybrid of pulchellus and speciosus with very large pale flowers, ' Zephyr ' always attracts attention and is easy and permanent in the garden.
    ' Lakeside Beauty ' not yet in flower.  Glad to read, Jane, that you consider it worth bulking up.
Jerry John Flintoff
Vashon Island,Washington,USA
Zone 8
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