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Crocus scardicus

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Corm tunic finely reticulate. Leaves three to four sharing with C. pelistericus the unusual characteristic of having no pale central stripe, erect, up to 1mm wide, present at flowering time and throughout the summer. Flowers 7-8cm tall, pale yellow or deep orange-yellow with a white throat and usually purple at the base, the yellow or orange styles with a broadened and frilled top, late spring. Yugoslavia, Albania, in alpine turf near melting snow, 1700-2500m. A difficult plant to maintain in cultivation requiring cool moist conditions during the summer and careful watering during the long period between the formation of the flowering shoot and the opening of the flowers. A gritty, peaty compost is recommended.

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