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Crocus imperati

Crocus

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Key information

Plant type

Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour

Lilac, Purple

Feature

Flowers

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Experienced

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Plant details

This species which originates in northern Italy, is one of the earliest flowering crocuses. It produces flowers in a range of attractive shades of purple and lilac, many with striped outer petals. For a bold effect plant them in pots and move them into a prominent position as they come into flower. They also look good naturalised in drifts among herbaceous plants and deciduous shrubs and trees.

Family: Iridaceae

Genus: Crocus

Species: imperati

Plant type: Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour: Lilac, Purple

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 10cm

Spread: 5cm

Time to divide plants: April to May


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