Any Crocus Experts Out There
who could help with an ID?
My friend Gary Lincoff, author of The Audubon Field Guide to North American Mushrooms, teacher at the New York Botanical Garden and crocus enthusiast, is a naming things kind of guy. So when he saw the crocus picture in the Maple Syrup post he wanted to know exactly which species and cultivars they were.
Both looked like Crocus sieberi to him, and I knew he was right about the purple one (far left above); it’s C. sieberi ‘Firefly. But I don’t have any white C. sieberi, so I’m thinking the original picture is deceptive and the pale one is actually C. chrysanthus ‘Cream Beauty,’ ( 2nd in from the right) C. biflorus ‘Purity’ (2nd in from the left) or – less likely – the purple blotched one 3rd from right or the pure white one at the end, both also mysteries. (The dark yellow one with the stripes is C. chrysanthus ‘Gypsy Girl,” in the lineup to show what the bases of that group often look like.)
You’d think I’d at least be able to show a single mugshot of our quarry, even if I didn’t know its name. Unfortunately, there are several candidates because I’m not sure which possible clump is the one in the picture – reproduced here for your convenience.
So I just went out the first chance I got and gathered all the pale ones it could have been and if anyone would like to help us out, we’d both be very happy.