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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
Crocus sativus var. cartwrightianus
Crocus are dwarf, deciduous perennials growing from a corm, with linear leaves usually with a silvery central stripe, and goblet-shaped, sometimes fragrant flowers in autumn or early spring
C. cartwrightianus is a perennial corm with numerous narrow leaves developing with the flowers in autumn or early winter. Flowers lilac-purple, heavily veined deep purple, with long, deep red stigmas
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing
Exposure Exposed or Sheltered
SoilSand, Clay, Chalk, Loam
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Up to 10 cm
Time to ultimate height
Grow in a bulb frame or alpine house in a mix of equal parts loam, leaf mould and sharp sand or grit. Water freely in the growing season and apply a low-nitrogen fertiliser monthly. Keep completely dry in summer dormancy
Propagate by seed sown in containers in a cold frame when ripe or remove cormlets when dormant
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Banks and Slopes Flower borders and beds Garden Edging Low Maintenance
City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden Gravel Garden Mediterranean Climate Plants Patio & Container Plants Rock Garden
Pruning No pruning required
Pests Corms are vulnerable to mice, voles and squirrels
Corms in storage may be subject to rots and moulds
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