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Cartwrightianus is the wild version of the cultivated Crocus sativus or Saffron Crocus. The flowers are chalice shaped and a lovely mauve shade, covered in dark purple veining.
The stigmas of Crocus cartwrightianus have been used in traditional fabric dyeing in Greece for many years. Wild flowers native to Europe and Asia Minor, these small beauties send up wineglass shaped flowers that bring welcomed colour in the fading autumn garden. The grass like foliage follows later and continues to grow after the flowers have faded. Watch the blooms open in the sunshine and close during rainy periods or when it cools down at night.