In bud, the base of the tepals (crocus do not have true petals) has a golden glow, then, as the blooms unfurl, this colouring translates to a deep gold spot at the heart of the glowing white flowers.
This is a Dutch variety, named after, Ard Schenk, a successful Dutch speed skater. It is also a successful bulb, and multiplies well.
Crocus chrysanthus are also known as Snow Crocus or Botanical Crocus. They are much loved for their early colour, heart warming show and ease of care.
Crocus 'Ard Schenk' grows best in cool to Mediterranean climates where they impress in rockeries, beds, lawn plantings and pots. Plant in a sunny spot with well drained soil. Crocus will tolerate light shade, such as under deciduous trees, especially in warmer zones, but they need the sun to open their petals. They should be kept cool (by shade or mulch) in summer.
Crocus 'Ard Schenk' bulbs don't need to be lifted every year, so you can allow them to naturalise and only dig and divide as required when they become crowded after four or five years. It is a good idea to protect new growth from slugs and snails. Fertilise your Crocus annually in winter and or spring depending on your soil.
Winter to Spring
Cool to Mediterranean
Full Sun to Semi Shade