There are many different types of crocus available and vary with fall, winter and spring bloom times. Crocus species that are the earliest spring bulbs to flower are among the most favorite. Crocus' glossy, deeply cupped petals surround a vivid orange stamen. The cupped flowers are borne on short stems above grass-like leaves. Available in lots of vibrant colors that are sure to pop in the dreary, late winter garden. Plant them in rock gardens, among ground covers or anywhere you need to fend off the winter blues.
Large Flowering Crocus are well known and are cherished for their early spring blooms. They are very popular for naturalizing. Large flowering crocus are hybrid varieties with larger flowers that emerge with the foliage.
About this Variety
Orange Monarch is a giant blooming, orange and black striped crocus, appropriately named since the colors resemble that of a monarch butterfly. Each bulb produces three stems. Perfect as a garden accent. Easy to grow, naturalizes well and extremely hardy - even blooming during a snowstorm.
- Grows well in borders, lawns, under trees, among shrubs and in containers
- Naturalizes well
- First blooms of spring
- Beneficial to pollinators; Attracts bees
- Easy to grow
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Late Winter to Early Spring
Grows 4-6" tall
Plant 2-3" apart, 2-3" deep
Grow as Perennial in zones 3-8. Grow as Annual elsewhere.
Plant in the fall, before the first frost hardens the soil. Before planting, soak the corms in lukewarm water 3-4 hours to jump start development. Dig a hole to the required depth. Place corm in hole with the roots pointing downward. Cover with soil and water thoroughly. Mulch in extreme climates.
Crocus can be easily grown in the lawn for a spring meadow effect. Delay mowing the lawn in spring until the foliage begins to die back. Best planted en masse to create a carpet of color. Combine with snowdrops and other early spring blooming flower bulbs for a splash of color late winter to early spring.