Irish wildflowers BSBI map

Photographs: near Baltimore, Co. Cork

Crocuses. Family: Iridaceae. Relics of cultivation or garden escapes

Early Crocus
Crocus tommasinianus
Flowering late winter to spring. Perennial bulb. Seeds freely. often naturalised in gardens. One or two flowers produced by each bulb, pale lilac to deep purple, outer tepals often silvery. Long white perianth tubes. Leaves usually 2-3mm wide.

Spring Crocus / Dutch Crocus
Crocus vernus
Flowering spring to early summer. Solitary flowers, white or shades of purple, often darker striped. Perianth tube usually mauve or purple. Leaves usually 4-8mm wide. Often naturalises in gardens and is the most commonly grown species.



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