Crocus, Purple Autumn

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CROCUS, Purple Autumn

This plant is smaller than giganteum, but still produces a huge presence in the fall garden with its glistening purple blossoms. HZ: 5-10 3” – 4” Fall

Crocus, Purple Autumn

Crocus are native the Mediterranean and parts of Asia and are among the oldest of cultivated bulbs. They are actually members of the Iris family. Most Fall Crocus are Colchicum. The name comes from the word Colchis which was the name of an ancient kingdom considered to be the home of all sorcery. The first plants were said to have sprung up from drops of a potion brewed by Medea, the daughter of the king of Colchis who created the potion to restore youth to her aging father. The plants have always been prized for their medicinal abilities. They contain the chemical colchicine which has been used for centuries to cure gout.

The Purple Autumn Crocus is one of the finest of the autumn-flowering species, the Autumn Crocus, Crocus kotschyanus, has a lovely pale lilac blossom with striking orange stamen. Plant4 in. deep and about 6 in. apart. This cultivar was introduced into Europe and the British Isles before 1854. It is native to Lebanon.

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