Cream Beauty Crocus Crocus chrysanthus 'Cream Beauty'

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
crocus 'Cream Beauty'


Crocus chrysanthus 'Cream Beauty' is a captivating plant most known for its stunning flowers that emerge in early spring. The blooms are a delicate creamy-yellow hue, often with a soft, almost pearlescent quality. The petals have a gentle, satiny finish and are cup-shaped, encasing the vibrant orange stamens that create a striking contrast against the cream-colored petals. Each flower is composed of six segments that flare outwards, creating a star-like appearance when fully opened. The foliage of 'Cream Beauty' is slender and grass-like. It is typically a rich green color that nicely complements the light-toned blooms. The leaves often have a silken texture, adding to the overall elegance of the plant. As a crocus variety, 'Cream Beauty' displays the characteristic narrow, strap-shaped leaves with a silver-green center stripe that is common among crocuses. These plants are popular for their ability to herald the arrival of spring, often pushing through the last of the winter snow to display their cheerful blossoms. They are also frequently planted in groups, which creates a striking display of color when they bloom en masse. The overall appearance of the Crocus chrysanthus 'Cream Beauty' is delicate yet vibrant, making it a favorite for gardens, borders, and naturalizing in grassy areas.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Cream Beauty Crocus, Snow Crocus, Golden Crocus.

    • Common names

      Crocus chrysanthus 'Cream Beauty'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The plant known commonly as Crocus is generally considered to have low toxicity for humans. However, accidental ingestion of Crocus parts, particularly the corms (bulb-like structures), can potentially cause gastrointestinal discomfort, including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. There's a greater risk of confusion with another genus, Colchicum, whose members are highly toxic and also commonly called autumn crocus. It's crucial to differentiate between the two, as Colchicum contains colchicine, a powerful poison. Therefore, while true Crocus (including 'Cream Beauty') isn't highly toxic, care should be taken to avoid ingestion and to ensure correct identification to prevent potential health issues.

    • To pets

      The Crocus 'Cream Beauty' is part of the Crocus genus, and while it isn't as toxic as other plants, such as the autumn crocus (Colchicum autumnale), which is highly poisonous to pets, it can still cause mild gastrointestinal upset if ingested by pets like cats or dogs. The symptoms may include vomiting and diarrhea. It is important to monitor the pet's behavior and seek veterinary attention if the pet consumes any part of a Crocus plant, especially if there is any confusion with the more toxic autumn crocus, which can cause severe symptoms including organ damage and, possibly, death if ingested by pets.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      3-6 inches (7.5-15 cm)

    • Spread

      3 inches (7.5 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      Balkans Turkey


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Early Spring Color: Cream Beauty crocus is known for its cheerful, creamy-yellow blooms that appear early in spring, often when snow is still on the ground.
    • Low Maintenance: This variety requires minimal care once established, making it ideal for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Drought Tolerance: After flowering, Cream Beauty can tolerate dry spells, which is beneficial in climates with less rainfall.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The flowers provide an early source of nectar for bees and other beneficial pollinators emerging after winter.
    • Naturalizing: Cream Beauty crocus has the ability to self-seed and spread over time, creating a more robust and natural display each year.
    • Small Space Suitability: Its compact size makes it perfect for planting in rock gardens, containers, and small garden spaces.
    • Cold Hardy: This plant is able to withstand cold winter temperatures, making it suitable for colder climates.
    • Deer and Rodent Resistance: Typically, Cream Beauty is resistant to damage from deer and rodents, which can be a problem with other spring bulbs.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Photography Subject: Cream Beauty crocus, with its delicate petals and unique color, provides a beautiful subject for photographers, especially those who specialize in macro flower photography.
    • Educational Tool: Botany teachers can use the live Cream Beauty crocus plant to demonstrate plant growth, pollination, and seasonal cycles to students.
    • Aromatherapy: Although not specifically known for a strong scent, Cream Beauty crocus flowers can still contribute to a calming garden atmosphere that is conducive for relaxation and aromatherapy.
    • Saffron Substitute: While true saffron comes from Crocus sativus, in a pinch, the stigmas of the Cream Beauty crocus could be used as a less effective saffron substitute in cooking for color, albeit without the distinct taste.
    • Eco-Friendly Confetti: Dried petals of the Cream Beauty crocus can be used as a natural and biodegradable confetti in outdoor celebrations, to avoid littering and environmental damage.
    • Art Supplies: The petals of the Cream Beauty crocus can be used to make natural dyes for fabrics or inks for painting, providing a potential source of yellow coloring.
    • Natural Indicators: The Cream Beauty crocus can be used in science experiments as pH indicators, changing color when coming into contact with different levels of acidity or alkalinity.
    • Flower Arranging Classes: This crocus can be included in educational kits for flower arranging, giving students a chance to work with a different form of bulbous plant.
    • Pressing and Crafts: Cream Beauty crocus flowers are suitable for pressing and can subsequently be used in craft projects or to create botanical prints.
    • Seasonal Event Decorations: Cream Beauty crocus can be planted in containers or in specific patterns to serve as live decorations for events centered around spring themes.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Crocus is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Crocus is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Youthfulness: The crocus often blooms in early spring, symbolizing new life and the youth of the year.
    • Hope: Its early appearance is a sign of the end of winter and the hope for the forthcoming warmth of spring.
    • Cheerfulness: The bright color of 'Cream Beauty' crocus brings a sense of joy and cheer to those who behold it, especially after a long winter.
    • Renewal: As one of the first flowers to emerge, crocuses represent renewal and the cycle of rebirth.
    • Gladness: In floriography, or the language of flowers, the crocus is sometimes associated with gladness due to its bright and cheerful colors.

During active growth water thoroughly
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 3-4 years
Early fall
Not needed
  • water dropWater

    Snow crocuses require moderate watering during their active growing season, typically in the fall and early spring. During this period, water the bulbs once a week with approximately 1 inch of water, using either a watering can or a hose with a gentle spray attachment to avoid displacing the soil over the bulbs. Once the foliage starts to die back in late spring, reduce watering as snow crocuses go dormant and do not require additional moisture during their dormancy period in the summer. Ensure that the soil is well-drained as waterlogged soil can lead to bulb rot.

  • sunLight

    Snow crocuses thrive in full sun to partial shade. The plant will perform best when planted in a spot that receives at least 3-4 hours of direct sunlight each day. An ideal location is beneath deciduous trees where the crocuses can enjoy full sun before the trees leaf out in the spring, providing partial shade as the season progresses.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Snow crocuses are hardy and can tolerate cold, withstanding winter temperatures down to about 15 degrees Fahrenheit. They prefer cooler climates and typically bloom when the temperatures are in the range of 35 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. However, they may go dormant or die back if the temperature rises above 70 degrees Fahrenheit for extended periods.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning snow crocuses is not necessary for the health of the plant, but spent blooms can be removed to maintain a tidy appearance. Allow the foliage to die back naturally after flowering, as this is when the bulbs are gathering energy for the next season's growth. The best time to remove the dead foliage is when it has completely yellowed and pulls away easily, usually several weeks after blooming.

  • broomCleaning

    Not needed

  • bambooSoil

    Cream Beauty crocuses thrive in well-draining soil enriched with compost or organic matter, with a pH range of 6.0 to 7.0. A mix of two parts soil, one part sand, and one part compost creates an ideal environment for their growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Cream Beauty crocuses, being perennial bulbs, do not require frequent repotting and can be left undisturbed for several years until the clumps become overcrowded.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Cream Beauty crocuses prefer a drier climate and do not have specific humidity requirements, making them well-suited for typical indoor environments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Plant in well-draining soil and ensure ample sunlight.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in groups, full to partial sun, well-draining soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      3-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Crocus chrysanthus 'Cream Beauty', commonly known as Cream Beauty crocus, begins its life cycle as a corm (a bulb-like storage organ) that is planted in the ground in the late summer or early fall. During the fall, it establishes roots and may produce a few leaves before going dormant for the winter. In early spring, the corm breaks dormancy and the leaves grow rapidly followed by the flowers, which are creamy yellow and bloom even when snow is still on the ground. After flowering, the plant goes through a period of photosynthesis, where the leaves collect energy from the sun and transfer it to the corm to prepare for the next season. Once the leaves die back in late spring, the plant enters a period of dormancy during the hot summer months. The cycle begins anew when temperatures cool, and the corm sends up new growth in the following fall, with the dormant period in between allowing it to survive unfavorable conditions.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Early fall

    • Propogation: The Crocus chrysanthus 'Cream Beauty', commonly known as Cream Beauty crocus, is typically propagated through division of corms. The best time to propagate these plants is in the late summer to early fall, after the foliage has died back and the plant is dormant. For propagation, carefully dig up the corms and gently separate any cormlets — the small daughter corms that form around the base of the parent corm. It is important to leave the tunic, or outer covering of the corm, intact to protect it. Cormlets should be large enough to have their own tunic. Once separated, replant the corms about 3 to 4 inches (7.5 to 10 cm) deep and 3 inches (7.5 cm) apart in well-draining soil with some exposure to sunlight. This method is highly effective and helps to expand your Cream Beauty crocus display or share with fellow gardeners.