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Sternbergia lutea

Sternbergia Lutea, or Autumn Crocus produces bright yellow crocus-like flowers with deep green foliage.

Prefers a hot, sunny position in the garden in well drained soil. Best used for potting, rockeries or sun drenched borders.

Supplied as dormant bulbs.

Orders containing this item will be dispatched from early November.

  • Require little water once established
  • Suitable for areas with full sun
  • Suitable for areas with part shade
  • Ideal in pots or containers
  • Plant 10cm apart
  • Grows to 15cm high
  • Summer-Autumn

Availability: OUT OF STOCK/OUT OF SEASON! Available to order from mid-October to January, unless sold out.


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Also known as: Autumn Crocus
Botanical Name: Sternbergia lutea
Family Name: Amaryllidaceae
Plant Type: Bulb
Size: 15cm H x 10cm W
Planting Time: Summer
Planting Width: 8-10cm Depth: 5cm
Flowering: Autumn
Positioning: Full Sun
General Information: Tolerates frost. Suitable for Temperate/dry and Mediterranean climates.
Watering: Maintain moisture while leaves are showing. Leave dry over summer.
Fertilising: Add well-rotted compost or complete fertiliser before planting. Top dress each autumn.
Soil: Well drained.
Lifting & Storage: Leave in year after year. Can be dug in November if preferred or they can be lifted if the flowering starts to decline. You should lift the congested clump and replant sections further apart to ensure continued flowering. If you would like to store them, they need to be stored in a warm, dry position until planting in January to March.
Pests: Bait snails when buds appear.
Tips: They need lots of summer sun to produce great blooms. They are frost hardy. Useful to be planted as garden and rockery plants or can be potted in pots. They do grow indoors. Look great under and around roses. Preferably, they should be grown in masses or good size groups.