Corm tunic annulate. Leaves three to six green, 0.5-1.5mm wide. Flowers 5-8cm high, white or bluish-lilac with a yellow throat and a black spot at the base of each filament, a useful aid to identification, the styles orange, winter to spring. North-western Turkey, on stony or grassy slopes at low altitudes. The white plant predominates in the wild. The bluish lilac form, more commonly encountered in cultivation has been called var. caeruleus. Cultivation is easy in a bulb frame and not too difficult in the open garden in a sunny well drained spot. It is however too small a flower to be a spectacular garden plant.
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