Corm tunic coriaceous splitting into long 'teeth' at the base. Leaves usually three to four, 1-2.5mm wide, well-developed at flowering time. Flowers 6-9cm high, lilac or white externally silvery or buff with purple stripes which sometimes merge, the anthers white, late autumn to late winter. Greece, Cyclades, Crete, in stony places in scrub or woodland at low altitudes (but up to 1500m in Crete). A most useful and attractive plant providing flowers over a long period. 'Fontenayi' is a commercial clone flowering in December.
Plant Portrait: Crocus laevigatus
Crocus Pages: Crocus laevigatus
Joint Rock: Joint Rock Awards, Westminster, 22 October 2013