Crocus x luteus The classic big yellow crocus, perhaps the most popular crocus variety for well over 300 years. Sold under many names: the original Dutch Grote Geele, and Mammoth Yellow, Giant Yellow, Golden Yellow.
Vigorous, 2-5 large flowers per corm. Sterile flower; spreads by bulb offsets. Blooms slightly before the Jumbo C. vernus. An early breeding coup, created from Crocus flavus and C. angustifolius.
4–6" tall. Very Early to Early Spring blooms, Z3-8, 8-9cm.
6427 ‘Yellow Mammoth’
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Also called Golden Crocus, this is the best-known small crocus species. Bears up to 4 fragrant flowers per corm, with rounded petals. Native to Greece, Turkey and the Balkans.
Spring Crocus provide a burst of color in early spring as well as food for bees. Once established, crocus can spread by “cormlets” and seed in well-drained areas. Foliage of low-growing varieties fades before the grass needs mowing.
One of the most popular genera, they are welcome precursors of spring—colorful, long-lived, and easy to grow. Their waxy coat allows them to bloom even through a late snow. Flowers open wide in bright sun and close up at night and on grey days.
In his award-winning book The Holistic Orchard, Michael Phillips recommends planting crocus in the orchard to help attract and retain native orchard mason bees. Crocus provide a pollen source before the fruit trees bloom.
Descriptions and Codes
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