Pickwick Crocus Crocus 'Pickwick'
The Crocus 'Pickwick' is a striking plant renowned for its beautiful flowers. This variety blooms with cup-shaped blossoms that show off a distinctive color pattern. Each petal is adorned with prominent violet or purple stripes laid over a lighter, silvery-white background, creating a flamed or feathered appearance. The contrast between the stripe color and the petal base gives these flowers a particularly eye-catching look in the garden. The petals are slender and gently rounded, converging to form the flower's closed cup when not fully open. As the blooms mature, they may open up wider, especially on sunny days, to reveal the bright orange or yellow stamen in the flower's center, which adds another pop of color to the display. Foliage of the Crocus 'Pickwick' typically includes slender, grass-like leaves that sometimes have a silvery or glaucous sheen. These leaves may feature a central white stripe that runs lengthwise down the leaf, further complementing the attractiveness of the flower. Emerging in early spring, or in some climates, late winter, the flowers of Crocus 'Pickwick' are among the first signs of the approaching change in seasons. They often appear at a time when the rest of the garden is still quite dormant, bringing an early splash of color and cheer to the landscape. The bloom period is relatively brief but quite impactful, making this plant a beloved harbinger of spring.
About this plant
Pickwick Crocus, Striped Crocus
Crocus 'Pickwick', commonly known as Crocus, is not highly toxic to humans. However, it may cause mild stomach upset if ingested. Symptoms of ingestion may include gastrointestinal discomfort such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It is always advisable to avoid eating ornamental plants due to their potential toxicity.
Crocus 'Pickwick', commonly known as Crocus, can be toxic to pets, especially dogs and cats. This plant contains compounds that can cause gastrointestinal irritation if ingested. Symptoms of Crocus poisoning in pets may include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and in severe cases, it may lead to more serious symptoms such as seizures or liver and kidney damage. If you suspect that your pet has ingested Crocus, you should contact a veterinarian immediately.
Color of leaves
4-6 inches (10-15 cm)
2-4 inches (5-10 cm)
- General Benefits
- Early Spring Color: Crocus 'Pickwick' blooms early in spring, providing vibrant colors after the winter season.
- Attracts Pollinators: The flowers attract bees and other pollinating insects, supporting the local ecosystem.
- Low Maintenance: Once established, crocuses require minimal care, making them ideal for gardeners of all levels.
- Naturalizing: Crocus 'Pickwick' has the ability to naturalize, spreading and multiplying over the years to create larger displays.
- Cold Tolerant: This plant is hardy and capable of withstanding cold winter temperatures.
- Versatility: Suitable for planting in borders, rock gardens, lawns, and under trees or shrubs.
- Early Blooming: Being among the first flowers to bloom, they can provide an early source of nectar for pollinators.
- Medical Properties
This plant is not used for medical purposes.
- Air-purifying Qualities
This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.
- Other Uses
- Crocus 'Pickwick' corms can be used as a saffron substitute in cooking, although the flavor will not be as pronounced as true saffron from Crocus sativus.
- The petals of Crocus 'Pickwick' can be used to create natural dyes for fabrics, yielding delicate shades of yellow or green depending on the mordant used.
- The flowers can be used in potpourri for their aesthetic appeal, adding a splash of color and a light, floral scent to the mixture.
- Crocus 'Pickwick' can be pressed and included in botanical art, making attractive and delicate additions to herbarium collections or framed displays.
- The striking patterns of Crocus 'Pickwick' petals are sometimes used in photography projects to study the play of light and shadow on floral surfaces.
- Gardeners can harvest and replant Crocus 'Pickwick' corms to create naturalized lawn patterns, using them to intermix with grass for a spring bloom surprise.
- Pulverized dried Crocus 'Pickwick' petals can serve as a natural ingredient in homemade soaps for a dash of color and subtle scent.
- Crocus 'Pickwick' flowers are edible and can be used to adorn salads, desserts, and drinks for an elegant, colorful garnish.
- The blooms can be used as bookmarks, leaving a faint scent on the pages of books and a unique beauty when the book is opened.
- Crocus 'Pickwick' can be used in educational settings, teaching children about plant life cycles and the early bloomers of the flowering season.
- Feng Shui
The plant Crocus is not used in Feng Shui practice.
- Zodiac Sign Compitability
The plant Crocus is not used in astrology practice.
- Plant Symbolism
- Youthful Gladness: Crocuses often symbolize cheerfulness and joy due to their early blooming, signaling the end of winter and the beginning of spring.
- Hope: As one of the first flowers to emerge after the cold months, they represent hope and the anticipation of new beginnings.
- Rebirth: Their growth cycle aligned with the arrival of spring connects them to themes of resurrection and the cycle of life, rebirth, and renewal.
- Purity: The crocus's delicate and bright appearance gives it an association with purity and the cleansing effects of spring.
- Attachment: In floriography, or the language of flowers, crocuses can symbolize the attachment and love between individuals because of their early bloom.
Crocus 'Pickwick', commonly known as the Striped Crocus, should be watered moderately when in bloom. They require thorough soaking so water them until the first couple of inches of soil is moist. During their active growing season, water them once a week, depending on rain, aiming for about one inch of water each time, either from rainfall or manual watering. Cut back on watering after the flowers have faded and the leaves begin to yellow, as Crocus 'Pickwick' enters dormancy and needs a drier soil to prevent bulb rot. It is best to water in the morning to allow any excess water on the foliage to dry out over the day.
Striped Crocus thrives in full sun to partial shade. The ideal spot for these bulbs is an area that receives several hours of direct sunlight in the morning, with some shelter from intense afternoon sun. Placing them in an east or west-facing garden will ensure the ideal light conditions for optimal growth and flowering.
The Striped Crocus prefers cool to moderate temperatures, flourishing in a range between 35 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit. These plants are cold-hardy and can tolerate temperatures down to about 15 degrees Fahrenheit without damage. The ideal growing conditions occur during spring or fall when temperatures are within their preferred range.
The Striped Crocus does not require pruning in the traditional sense, but spent flowers should be removed to maintain a neat appearance and prevent seed formation. Allow the foliage to die back naturally after flowering before removing it, as this period allows the bulb to store energy for the next season. Typically, this means you should only be 'pruning' once the blooming period is over and leaves have yellowed.
Crocus 'Pickwick', commonly called Pickwick Crocus, thrives in a well-draining soil mix with high organic content. An ideal mixture would include loamy garden soil, peat moss, and sharp sand to facilitate drainage. These crocuses prefer a slightly acidic to neutral pH, between 6.0 and 7.0. It's important to avoid waterlogged conditions as this can lead to bulb rot.
Pickwick Crocus bulbs should typically be lifted and divided every 3 to 5 years to prevent overcrowding. Repotting is done after the foliage has died back and the bulbs have entered dormancy. This period is usually in late summer or early autumn.
- Humidity & Misting
Pickwick Crocus doesn't require high humidity; it is quite tolerant of the typical range found in temperate climates. As long as the soil moisture conditions are appropriate for the crocus, ambient humidity levels are usually satisfactory.
- Suitable locations
Place in bright, indirect light and cool temperatures.
Plant in well-draining soil, full sun to partial shade.
- Life cycle
The life of the Crocus 'Pickwick', commonly referred to as the Pickwick Crocus, initiates with bulb formation, whereby the underground storage structure develops to sustain the plant's growth. Following a period of dormancy, generally in autumn, the plant exhibits vegetative growth where leaves and a flowering stalk emerge from the bulb in late winter to early spring. The striking striped flowers bloom briefly, displaying the characteristic purple and white patterns. After pollination, which often involves the assistance of early season pollinators, the plant sets seed that will eventually disperse into the surrounding soil. The foliage begins to die back as the plant enters a period of senescence, and the bulb goes into a state of dormancy during the summer months. This dormant stage lasts until the environmental conditions prompt the next cycle of growth, effectively repeating the life process.
The Crocus 'Pickwick', commonly known as Crocus, is mainly propagated through division of its corms. The best time to propagate the Crocus 'Pickwick' is in late summer to early fall, after the foliage has died back and the plant is dormant. To propagate by division, carefully dig up the corms and inspect them for any signs of rot or damage, removing any unhealthy parts. Gently separate the offsets, which are the small corms that develop around the base of the mother plant, while making sure that each offset has a piece of the base to ensure it contains the necessary food reserves for successful growth. Replant these offsets around 3 to 4 inches deep (7.6 to 10 cm) and about 3 inches (7.6 cm) apart in well-drained soil. Water the newly planted corms lightly to settle the soil around them. This simple and effective method is the most popular way to propagate Crocus 'Pickwick' and helps to encourage the natural spread of the plant, often leading to a delightful display of blooms the following spring.