My first yellow autumn crocus, Sternbergia lutea

March 22, 2014 – 02:04 am

9-24-cro-y.jpgSeveral bulbs of yellow autumn crocus were planted last fall in both my front and back gardens.

The first single yellow flower opened up a few days ago and I realized that I had not noticed the long, slender, thick, dark-green leaves resembling those of narcissus and daffodils that must have preceeded the bloom.

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There have been more green leaves breaking through the ground, but so far only one flower is in bloom. I am certain that there will be several more.

Unlike the purple autumn crocus 'naked ladies', which belongs in the family Colchicaceae; the yellow crocus belongs in the family Amaryllidaceae, tribe Narcisseae and genus Sternbergia.

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The yellow autumn crocus are unmistakably shaped like the spring yellow crocus.

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The flower has six stamens. The color is a bit lighter than the spring yellow crocus abvoe, but just as lovely and pleasing to look at.

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Source: gardenblog.projo.com


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