Corm tunic parallel fibre membrane. Leaves three to four, 1-1.5mm wide, with the flowers. Flowers about 5-6cm high, white or lilac with orange throat and purplish stripes and feathering outside, the dark purplish anthers distinguishing it from the similar C. cyprius, late winter. Cyprus, on dry slopes, in scrub and open woodland at about 1000m in the Troodos mountains. A striking species but alas very rare in the wild and in cultivation. A collector's plant for careful cultivation in pot or frame.
Crocus Pages: Crocus hartmannianus