Crocuses: A Complete Guide to the Genus
Winsome, charming, and brilliant are just three of the adjectives that crocuses typically elicit from grateful, color-starved gardeners. Indeed, few flowers can rival crocuses for the cheer they bring to the barren, late-winter garden and for the affection in which they are held by millions of gardeners. But though they're viewed as an icon of early spring, crocuses aren't just one-season wonders: there are also dozens of striking autumn-blooming species that appear just when they're most needed, as summer's flowers wind down. And because many species originate in the Mediterranean basin, they're ideal for gardens in which summer irrigation has been reduced or eliminated.
In this comprehensive, up-to-date volume, bulb expert Jnis Ruksns surveys all the known species in this remarkable genus, including those that have been discovered since the appearance of Brian Mathew's 1982 monograph. A seasoned plant explorer, Ruksns has observed many species in the wild, and so is able to offer valuable insights into how they may best be grown. He also discusses their use in the garden, their botanical characteristics, and classification--all in nonspecialist language so that even readers without a botanical background can profit by his knowledge and broad experience.
Illustrated with 300 stunning photographs, this book will be indispensable for all those with a serious interest in crocuses, from collectors and bulb enthusiasts to nursery professionals and garden designers.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
abantensis adamii alatavicus ancyrensis angustifolius anthers autumn autumn-blooming basal beautiful blooming blue bract bracteole Brian Mathew bright yellow bulb collected corm tunics Crimea Crocus biflorus subsp Crocus cartwrightianus Crocus chrysanthus Crocus flavus Crocus heuffelianus Crocus korolkowii Crocus kotschyanus Crocus nudiflorus Crocus serotinus crocus species Crocus speciosus Crocus tommasinianus cultivars cultivation dark darker deep purple deep yellow E. A. Bowles filaments flower color flower segments flower tube form of Crocus grayish greenhouse grower grown grows hadriaticus heuffelianus hybrid Lake Abant leaves lilac Mathew PLATES meters mountain olivieri open garden outer segments pale pelistericus perianth Photo plants pots pulchricolor pure white purplish rarely readily sets seed reticulated samples scharojanii scrub seedlings sepal sepal backs sieberi slightly soil sometimes specimens spring stigma stigmatic branches style branches subspecies summer rest suworowianus tepals tips tommasinianus Turkey usually vallicola variable veins veluchensis vernus violet white forms wide wild winter yaila yellow throat