Crocus speciosus

Cody H
Fri, 25 Oct 2019 10:47:01 PDT
Those are really beautiful! I would not guess that was due to a virus,
though I am no expert on the topic. There are many stable and long lived
double flowered forms of various plants and I’ve never heard of them being
due to viruses. The virus effects I know of are generally more chaotic—high
levels of dissection/replication in petals/leaves/etc, complex variegation,
etc. Of course, I’d love to know if it turns out there are viruses that
also cause simple doubling of crocus flowers too!

On Thu, Oct 24, 2019 at 2:05 PM Sabine Kämpfe <> wrote:

> Hello,
> at the moment the fall blooming crocuses are in full flower in my
> garden. Some of the Crocus speciosus ('Conqueror' I think) are double
> lined as you can see in the attached photo. I have not seen a "filled"
> crocus before - is this normal oder is it caused by a disease? I know
> viruses can do funny things to bulbs (and other plants)... Or do you
> think it is worth trying to propagate them?
> Sabine
> (Southern Germany/Zone 7a)
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