Crocus biflorus

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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Crocus biflorus Mill. Silvery Crocus. Conn 2 cm or less in diam.: Lvs. 4-6, overtopping the fls., very narrow, with deflexed edges and a white central band: upper spathe 2-lvd.: perianth-tube exserted, the segms. 3 cm long, purple-tinged, the outer ones 3-striped down the back, the throat bearded and yellowish; anthers orange, exceeding the filaments; style-branches orange- red. S. and S. W. Eu. B.M. 845.—Runs into many forms, some of them almost white. Some of the named botanical forms are: Var. argenteus Baker (C. argenteus Sabine; C. praecox Haw.; C. lineatus Jan). Less robust and with only 3 or 4 Lvs. to a tuft and smaller fls. more tinged with purple and the outer segms. dark-striped outside. Italy. Fls. smaller than in var. argenteus, paler, the 3 outer segms. striped with dark purple. Italy. B.R. 1987 (var. estriatus with petals pale purple and not striped).

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