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Monday, March 21, 2011

Another early spring crocus

Crocus chrysanthus is another early crocus that is showing up in gardens right now. Yellows predominate, but the Dutch have hybridized it with other species, such that there are blue and lilac selections sold under this name as well. The flowers of these 'species' crocuses are small, but they arrive about two weeks earlier than the pumped-up common commercial hybrids. Personally I prefer the delicate wild types. The one pictured is C. chrysanthus 'Cream Beauty,' or at least that's what I've been telling myself.

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