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March 11, 2011 / virginiatrailschristine

In Bloom: Crocuses

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: Crocuses

Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: Crocuses Edith J. Carrier Arboretum: Crocuses

Crocuses are peeking through the soil

Genus: Crocus

Crocuses in our arboretum will soon be in full bloom.  This flower is a member of the iris family and comes in many colors, with white, yellow and shades of purple being the most prevalent.  Crocuses are hardy and can handle cold and snow due to the protection provided by their waxy cuticle.  It’s not uncommon to see crocuses blooming through a bed of snow.

Fun Fact: The spice saffron is obtained from a species of crocus – the Fall Crocus or Crocus sativus.  The red stigmas (the saffron) are part of the female pistil found in a flower.

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