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Crocus 'Yalta'
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crocus 'Yalta'

A cormous perennial 8cm high with tufted green leaves with a central silvery-white stripe, and flowers which have purple inner tepals, silvery blue outer tepals, and orange stigmas and stamens, in late winter and early spring; crocuses are a good source of pollen for honeybees early in the season

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Size
Ultimate height
Up to 10cm
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0–0.1 metre
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Purple Orange Grey Silver Green Grey Silver
Summer
Autumn
Winter Purple Orange Grey Silver Green Grey Silver
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or West–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Iridaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Tufted
Potentially harmful
Ornamental bulbs - not to be eaten. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
Genus

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

Name status

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Plant 8-10cm deep in autumn in gritty, poor to moderately fertile, well-drained soil, in full sun. See crocus cultivation for more advice

Propagation

Propagate by removing cormlets during dormancy; for more advice, see bulb propagation

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • City and courtyard gardens
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Rock garden
  • Gravel garden
  • Wildlife gardens
  • Low Maintenance
  • Wall side borders
  • Banks and slopes
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be susceptible to rodents and birds

Diseases

Generally disease-free, corms may rot in storage

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