Crocus speciosus

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Crocus speciosus
C. speciosus flower showing the divided styles
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Iridaceae
Subfamily: Crocoideae
Genus: Crocus
Species: C. speciosus
Binomial name
Crocus speciosus
M. Bieb.

Crocus speciosus, with common name Bieberstein's crocus, is a species of flowering plant in the genus Crocus of the family Iridaceae.

Distribution[edit]

The plant is native to north and central Turkey, Armenia, Georgia and the Caucasus, Azerbaijan and northern Iran, and areas of Central Asia, and southern Ukraine and the Crimea.

Description[edit]

Crocus speciosus is a cormous perennial growing to 10–15 cm (3.9–5.9 in) tall.

The lilac flowers with paler coloured throats and dark veins appear in autumn (fall). The orange styles are much-divided. As it increases rapidly, this species is suitable for naturalisation in grass.[1]

The specific epithet speciosus means "showy".[2]

Cultivation[edit]

Crocus speciosus is cultivated as an ornamental plant.

The plant species, [3] and the white cultivar 'Albus', [4] have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

References[edit]

  1. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  2. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315. 
  3. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Crocus speciosus". Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Crocus speciosus 'Albus'". Retrieved 18 June 2013. 

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