Corm tunic membranous with predominantly parallel fibres. Leaves three to four appearing long after the flowers. Flowers 6-8cm high, orange-yellow with orange styles divided into branches expanded and frilled at the apex, late summer to autumn. U.S.S.R., Caucasus, and adjacent Turkey, in damp meadows at 1000-3500m. This species is difficult to maintain requiring moist conditions in the open garden or in pots. Horticulturally if not botanicahy the Russian and Turkish plants differ, the former producing larger corms which seem more persistent than the smaller ones of the Turkish population which are often stoloniferous. As the only yellow-flowered autumn species it is worth the effort to satisfy its requirements.
Crocus Pages: Crocus scharojanii