bulb ID

piegirl(z5NELin)March 11, 2009

Five or six years ago I purchased a variety of bulbs late in the season and at big discount. All did well expect one group - the bulbs were quite small. In the spring the foliage came up - 8-10" somewhat like chives, the two clumps have expanded somewhat over the years but no flowers ever appeared. UNTIL last fall - several pale lavendar colored flowers that look like crocus. No, I am positive it is not a fall blooming crocus because even at a discount they would be too expense. The difference is the massive trees next door came and all are now in full blazing sun. The plants stay evergreen with only 2-3" inches of foliage turning tan during the winter. The leaves are dark green and I wish I had a camera! I know this is a pretty vague description and if I dug them up I might find the tag! Thanks for any assistance. Piegirl

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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

Hi Piegirl,

First I have to ask, as I am curious. Are you in the US? Just where is NELin?

Colchicum are often referred to as fall blooming crocus, and yes, they are quite expensive. $3.50 on up here

There are fall blooming crocus, crocus sativus, that are often fairly cheap. HERE an on line vendor 'had' them 10 bulbs for just $7.95.

Might they be Crocus Sativus?

Sue

Here is a link that might be useful: Google images crocus sativus-different colors.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2009 at 9:54AM
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piegirl(z5NELin)

Sue - this is a strong possibility. The foliage does stay green year around. The colors shown on Goggle were close. We'll see what they do this spring! Or I could be growing my own saffron which would be really wonderful. Think I will dig up the small clump, divide and see what happens. Thank you - piegirl

    Bookmark   March 12, 2009 at 10:02PM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

Think I will dig up the small clump, divide and see what happens.
If possible, take a pic of the bulbs along with something to compare them to size wise...like a coin, or a ruler. The sativus bulbs are a lot smaller than the Colchicum.

I bought some crocus zonatus last fall via a coop and got them for just 20 cents each.

Here is a link that might be useful: Crocus zonatus.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2009 at 12:23AM
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