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Crocus boryi
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Bory crocus

A cormous perennial 8cm high with tufted green leaves with a central silvery-white stripe, and flowers up to 5cm long, creamy white with golden yellow centres and orange stigmas and stamens, and sometimes veined or flushed mauve outside, in autumn; crocuses are a good source of pollen for pollinators

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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
Summer
Autumn Cream Gold Orange White Green Grey Silver
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H4
Botanical details
Family
Iridaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Tufted
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

Correct

Plant range
W & S Greece Crete

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How to grow

Cultivation

Plant 8-10cm deep in late summer in full light in a bulb frame or alpine house, in a mix of equal parts loam, leaf mould, and grit or sharp sand; in the growing season, water freely and apply a low-nitrogen fertilizer monthly, but in summer when dormant keep completely dry; for more advice, see bulb cultivation

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
  • Mediterranean climate plants
  • Gravel garden
  • Rock garden
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Wall side borders
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

May be affected by mice, voles and squirrels feeding on corms

Diseases

Generally disease-free but corms in storage may be affected by Pencillium blue mould, gladiolus core rot, gladiolus dry rot, grey moulds, narcissus basal rot, tulip grey bulb rot, and violet root rot

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