Corm tunic parallel fibres with some reticulation near the top. Leaves three to six dark green. Flowers 8-12cm tall, typically deep lilac with a buff exterior variously striped with purple and a yellow or orange throat; subsp. suaveolens is similar but lacks the bracteole present in subsp. imperati, winter to early spring sometimes later. Western Italy in grass and light woodland up to 700m (subsp. suaveolens) or 1300m (subsp. imperatii). Both subsp. are excellent garden plants growing without fuss and flowering freely. 'De Jagers' variety appears to be a robust, early-flowering form or hybrid of subsp. suaveolens.
Crocus Pages: Crocus imperati suaveloens