Tecophilaea


There is a possibility that the Tecophilaea cyanocrocus, commonly known as the Chilean Blue Crocus, has become extinct in its natural habitat. It is possible that grazing by domestic animals, the removal of water sources, and/or collection efforts contributed significantly to its population collapse. It is, nevertheless, rather typical in agricultural production, despite the fact that it is often extremely expensive. It is stated by some authors that you should add a chunk of llama dung in the bottom of the pot, so I do that when I repot it every year. I grow it in compost that has a lot of little particles in it, and I make sure it never gets entirely dry. I’ve heard that there are a few fortunate individuals in Ireland who are able to cultivate it outdoors; hence, those who live in climates that do not experience cold should give it a go in their gardens or possibly in a trough.

The plant may appear in three separate forms: the common all-blue form, the gorgeous var leichtlinii (shown above), and the var violacea (seen below), which has a rich velvety violet color. Intermediate forms are produced when several forms of the plant are grown together and set seed. Unfortunately, I have not been successful in getting the seeds to germinate any of the times that they have set seed. All varieties, however, can dependably reproduce themselves by creating little bulbs that, after a few years, blossom into flowers.

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