Crocus Crocus Winter Flowering chrysanthus Ladykiller
Arresting in their beauty, chrysanthus Lady Killer has deep purple blue outer petals which are edged white with a glistening white interior. It has also been presented the RHS Award of Merit. Crocus is a genus of about 75 species. It is a native of the Mediterranean and gets its name from the Chaldean word for saffron. The Crocus chrysantus strain can bear more than one flower per spathe compare to other crocuses which usually only bare a single flower. These flowers have three inner and three outer segments which create a globular appearance. During dull weather and at night they stay closed up to protect their nectar for butterflies and bees which visit on sunny days. If left undisturbed, crocus increase rapidly creating a carpet of radiant colours from self-sown seed as well as the natural multiplying of the bulb.