Family Iridaceae
Genus: Crocus. Genus of several dozen species of small clump-forming perennials from South Europe to China (Zone 3). Notable for early (often earliest) spring flower. Cultivated into several dozen varieties/hybrids.


Crocus chrysanthus 'Zwanenburg Bronze' and Crocus chrysanthus 'Blue Bird'
Crocus push up through snow and announce the arrival of spring. The garden has awakened.

Photograph Crocus species 'variety'
Description and comments
Crocus
ancyrensis
'Golden Bunch'


Common Name: Crocus.
Exotic to Wisconsin. Native to Turkey. Yellow to orange flowers.
Crocus
chrysanthus
'Ard Schenk'


Common Name: Crocus.
Exotic to Wisconsin. Native to Turkey. White flowers.
Crocus
chrysanthus
'Blue Bird'


Common Name: Crocus.
Exotic to Wisconsin. Native to Turkey. White flowers with dark purple base. Perhaps a cultivar of Crocus chrysanthus subspecies albiflorus.
Crocus
chrysanthus
'Cream Beauty'


Common Name: Crocus.
Exotic to Wisconsin. Native to Turkey. Creme white flowers.
Crocus
chrysanthus
'Zwanenburg Bronze'


Common Name: Crocus.
Exotic to Wisconsin. Native to Turkey. Yellow flowers with brown outside.
Crocus
sativus


Common Name: Crocus.
Exotic to Wisconsin. Native in Europe. Blue flowers. Fall blooming.
Crocus
sieberi
'Firefly'


Common Name: Crocus.
Exotic to Wisconsin. Native in Europe. Pale lavender flowers with bright yellow center.
Crocus
tommasinianus


Common Name: Crocus.
Exotic to Wisconsin. Native in Serbia to Hungary. Pale lavender flowers.
Crocus
vernus
'Pickwick'


Common Name: Crocus.
Exotic to Wisconsin. Native to Europe. White flowers with dark lilac stripes, purple base.
Crocus
vernus
'Purpureus Grandiflorus'


Common Name: Crocus.
Exotic to Wisconsin. Native to Europe. Dark lilac flowers with yellow stamens.
Crocus
vernus
'Vanguard'


Common Name: Crocus.
Exotic to Wisconsin. Native to Europe. Lilac flowers with yellow stamens.


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