Crocus sieberi

Family: Iridaceae

Flower colour: white, blue, mauve, purple; may have areas of white, yellow, or orange

Flowering period: March – April

Average plant height: 7.5 cm

Planting depth to base of bulb: 12.5 cm

Spacing between bulbs: 2.5 cm

Type of bulb: corm

Light requirements: full sun to partial shade

Landscape uses: borders, rock gardens, in lawns, under shrubs and trees, and for indoor forcing

This beautiful species with its light blue flowers and yellow centre grows wild in the Balkans. The pistils are very bright orange. One cultivar, ‘Firefly’, has violet-red flowers.