Yellow Crocus - Crocus x luteus

    Alternative names
    Crocus angustifolius x flavus = C. x stellaris

    Yellow to deep yellow flower, leaves 1 to 4mm wide; tepals suffused or striped with purple.

    Similar Species

    Most yellow crocuses are this species but C. ancyrensis (as before, but leaves 0.5 to 1.00 mm wide) or C. chrysanthus (creamy yellow with non-fibrous corm) can also occur.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification


    Usually introduced along roadsides and streamsides or found where garden waste containing the bulbs has been deposited.

    When to see it

    Flowering any time from January to April.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread in Britain as an introduction or an escape from cultivation

    VC55 Status

    Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland as an introduction or an escape from cultivation. It was not included in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

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