Crocus ‘Jeanne d’Arc’

White crocus with pale stripe and bright orange anthers

Crocus ‘Jeanne d’Arc’ produces relatively large blooms above slender leaves with a pronounced central stripe. The flowers are pure white with delicate purple veins and bold orange stamens, creating a wonderful pop in late winter / early spring.

These ones were growing with other bulbs in a large terracotta pot at RHS Garden Harlow Carr.  The gardeners have applied a layer of sharp grit as a mulch to help conserve water and make it less likely that splashes of mud will spoil the flowers before their time.

36 Replies to “Crocus ‘Jeanne d’Arc’”

        1. It has been deep enough that people have had to be dug out of cars, but nothing like that (thankfully) locally. Just a few inches here.

    1. I often think you can tell how good a specific cultivar is by doing a image search and just glancing at the results. There are so many nice shots of this one.

    1. Me too. I’ve often seen it described as pure white, which seems to miss the mark a little. The orange is so very bold too. I suppose the white itself is a pure shade of white, so that’s perhaps how it comes about.

  1. Okay, I know this is supposed to be wordless, but those rock! I do not grow ‘Jeanne d’Arc’ because crocus do not do well here. I only grow ‘Pickwick’, and even they do not look like much. The flowers of ‘Jeanne d’Arc’ are so small that a drift of them looks like seagull poop.

      1. No, I meant ‘Jean d’Arc’. They bloom before they even get above the soil, and the flowers are very small, with tortured little leaves that look like fat pine needles. They really never amount to anything. ‘Pickwick’ does not do much better, but it at least looks a bit better in pots because of the color. Up on Summit, just a few miles away, crocus do much better, and the white works nicely and looks better than pale blue with so much green about. A colleague up there has drifts of a few varieties, including ‘Jean d’Arc’. In her application, the ‘Jean d’Arc’ is prettier than the ‘Pickwick’, although, they are all pretty the way that she grows them.

        1. ‘Jeanne d’Arc’ is the biggest crocus I know, but I have to confess that I like the small, species ones too. Let’s face it, I even find the tiny, spider like flowers of epimediums exciting 🙂

          1. I like ‘Pickwick’ because it is familiar, and what I expect crocus to look like. I would like ‘Jean d’Arc’ because I like white. I would really like it if it did as well as it does up on Summit. However, I do happen to prefer the crocus with smaller flowers because they do better here than the larger flowered ‘Jean d’Arc’ . There are plenty of other white flowers.

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