Crocus Vernus ‘Jeanne d’Arc’

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The Crocus Vernus ‘Jeanne d’Arc’ is a herald of spring, bringing with it a display of pure white elegance. This particular cultivar is a member of the Iridaceae family. Its striking cup-like flowers boast a pristine white color with a delicate purple base and a vibrant orange pistil. The botanical name, Crocus vernus, indicates its spring-blooming nature, with ‘Jeanne d’Arc’ paying homage to its dignified and pure appearance.

Botanical Name
Crocus Vernus ‘Jeanne d’Arc’
Plant Type
Bulb
Family
Iridaceae
Height
4-6 inches
Foliage
Basal, grass-like
Climate
Adaptable to various climates
Sun Exposure
Full sun to part shade
Soil Requirements
Well-drained, gritty
Hardiness Zones
3 to 8
Flower Color
Pure white with a small purple base
Foliage Color
Green
Season Features
Early spring bloom
Special Features
Showy flowers, deer, and black walnut tolerance
  • Each corm of ‘Jeanne d’Arc’ produces several upright flowers, characterized by six pure white petals, a striking bright orange pistil, and a small interior purple base.
  • The foliage, which yellows and goes dormant after blooming, is basal and grass-like, providing a subtle backdrop to the flowers’ splendor.
  • Native to high alpine areas in Europe, such as the Pyrenees, Alps, and Carpathians
  • Propagation is typically achieved through dividing corms every 4-5 years, ensuring continued vigor and bloom.
  • ‘Jeanne d’Arc’ brings early spring bloom to the landscape, ideal for mass planting in lawns, under trees, or in sunny woodland areas.
  • Non-toxic to humans and pets.
  • No serious issues, though rodents such as squirrels may target the corms.

FAQs

How do I plant Crocus vernus ‘Jeanne D’Arc’?

In well-drained soil, plant corms in the fall, approximately 3-4 inches (7-10 cm) deep and 3-4 inches (7-10 cm) apart.

When does Crocus vernus ‘Jeanne D’Arc’ bloom?

Depending on local climate conditions, it typically blooms in early spring, around March or April.

How do I care for Crocus vernus ‘Jeanne D’Arc’?

Provide adequate water during the growing season, but avoid waterlogging the soil. After flowering, allow the foliage to wither naturally to replenish the corms for the next season.

Can I grow Crocus vernus ‘Jeanne D’Arc’ in containers?

Yes, you can grow them in containers filled with well-drained potting mix. Ensure the containers have drainage holes to prevent waterlogging.

Are Crocus vernus ‘Jeanne D’Arc’ deer-resistant?

Yes, they are generally deer-resistant, making them suitable for landscapes where deer browsing is a concern.

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