This perennial corm is native to areas from southern Turkey to southwest Syria but is found on rocky hillsides and open woods from North Africa to Palestine and Armenia.  It is a member of the iris family, Iridaceae, that also includes  gladiola, freesia, and crocosmia.  The plant grows up to 4″ tall and has gray-green grass-like leaves.  In the fall, slender stemless flowers appear with pale blue corolla marked with dark violet strips on the inside.  Crocuses are especially attractive when planted in large numbers in beds and borders and are a good choice for rock gardens, gravel gardens, and containers.  The genus name, Crocus, is from the Greek word κρόκος, krokos meaning thread and refers to the appearance of the stigmas.  The specific epithet, cancellatus, is the Latin word meaning latticed, or cross-barred.

Type: Perennial corm

Bloom: Slender pale blue flower with purple stripes in fall

Size: 4″ H x 2″ W

Light:Full sun

Soil: Average, medium moist,  well-drained

Hardiness: Zones 3-8

Care: Low maintenance

Pests and Diseases: Slugs, snails, mice, voles, corm scab, mosaic virus

Propagation: Seed, division

Companion Plants: Cyclamen, blue mist shrub, “Autumn Joy’ sedum

Photo Credit: Meneerke bloem Wikipedia

By Karen