Plant of the Week: Golden Bunch crocus

Do you want a break from the winter? Come take a stroll on the High Line to experience the delicate yellow blooms of Crocus ancyrensis 'Golden Bunch', commonly referred to as the Golden Bunch crocus. This yellow beauty is our earliest blooming crocus here on the High Line, and one of our most anticipated signs that spring is just around the corner!

The flowers of Golden Bunch crocus begin with a bulb like food storage organ called a corm. The corms of Golden Bunch crocus are wrapped in a fine-netted tunic. This geophyte lies dormant under the soil through winter until it awakes in spring, using stored energy from the previous season to produce as many as 12 – 15 flowers per corm, which bloom in sequence over several weeks. Each six-petal flower is a pure tangerine hue, complimented by bright yellow anthers and dark orange styles. In addition to its profuse flower display, this late winter treasure omits an uncommon honey like scent. In its native habitat of Turkey, the corms and flower petals are harvested as a local food staple. This spring ephemeral is a real treat for the senses and a great distraction from the sometimes gray and dreary days of late winter.


Golden Bunch crocus does best in well-drained sandy to rocky soils. Plant in full to partial sun at a depth of 2" – 4" and 4" apart in US Zones 3 – 8.


Crocus ancyrensis 'Golden Bunch' can be seen at the Diller-von Furstenberg Sundeck & Water Feature at West 14th Street.

The High Line's planting design is inspired by the self-seeded landscape that grew up between rail tracks after the trains stopped running in the 1980s. Today, the High Line includes more than 500 species of perennials, grasses, shrubs, and trees – each chosen for their hardiness, adaptability, diversity, and seasonal variation in color and texture. Some of the species that originally grew on the High Line's rail bed are reflected in the park landscape today. Every week we share one of our gardeners' current favorites with you.

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