Corm tunic parallel fibres. Leaves grey-green, 1.5-3mm wide. Flowers 10-12cm high, white or lilac with varying, sometimes pronounced purple stripes externally on inner and outer segments, the three-branched style orange, spring. Southeastern France and adjacent Italy, in open rocky places or light woodland up to 1500m. Cultivation in open garden is not difficult. 'Picturatus' is a particularly attractive strongly marked cultivar.
Crocus Pages: Crocus versicolor