Corm tunic finely reticulate. Leaves three to four dull green and unusual in not having a pale stripe, appearing with the flowers and persisting throughout the summer. Flowers 6-8cm tall, deep violet with a white throat, the styles whitish to orange-yellow, late spring. Yugoslavia and Greece, in alpine turf near melting snow, above 1900m The species is little known in cultivation, having been described only in 1976. Special care is needed to maintain it in active growth during the summer when most crocuses are dormant. In this respect it resembles the allied Crocus scardicus.
Crocus Pages: Crocus pelistericus