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Crocus kotschyanus - Koch.
                 
Common Name
Family Iridaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Scrub and rocky places, 500 - 2600 metres[90].
Range N. Africa to W. Asia - Lebanon to Turkey.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Summary

Crocus kotschyanus


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Crocus kotschyanus
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Physical Characteristics
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Crocus kotschyanus is a CORM growing to 0.3 m (1ft) by 0.1 m (0ft 4in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5 and is not frost tender. It is in leaf 6-Feb It is in flower from Sep to November, and the seeds ripen from Mar to May. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees, butterflies.Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Root.
Edible Uses:

Corm - cooked[124].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Prefers a sandy loam[1]. Plants are easily grown in a bulb frame or in a sunny position outdoors[90], succeeding in a well-drained moisture-retentive soil[200]. A very ornamental plant[1]. Plants tend to move considerably from their original planting place because of their means of vegetative reproduction, it is therefore wise not to grow different species in close proximity[1]. Any planting out is best done in late spring and early summer[245]. Protect the corms from mice[1]. The flowers are only open during the day time, closing at night[245].
Propagation
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a light sandy soil in pots in a cold frame[1]. The seed can also be sown in a cold frame in early spring[1]. Sow thinly because the seed usually germinates freely[1], within 1 - 6 months at 18°c[164]. Unless the seed has been sown too thickly, do not transplant the seedlings in their first year of growth, but give them regular liquid feeds to make sure they do not become deficient. Divide the small bulbs once the plants have died down, planting 2 - 3 bulbs per 8cm pot. Grow them on for another 2 years in a greenhouse or frame and plant them out into their permanent positions when dormant in late summer[K]. Plants take 3 - 4 years to flower from seed[200]. Division of the clumps after the leaves die down in spring[1, 200]. The bulbs can be replanted direct into their permanent positions if required.

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Conservation Status
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