(Pack of 3)  A crocus-like fall bloomer for the South! Golden butter-cup like blooms in dormant summer gardens. Zones 7-9
Zoom the image with the mouse

Sternbergia lutea "Autumn Daffodil"

Sternbergia lutea
Planting Time:
April 1 - Dec 1
Shipping Period:
April 1- Dec 1
Bloom Period:
Mid-Late Fall
Bloom Size:
Small Crocus
Bright Yellow
Sandy to Clay
Partial Shade - Full Sun
Not Resistant
Moderate Reliability

Out of stock


Sternbergia lutea goes by many different common names, to include Autumn Crocus, Autumn Daffodil, Winter Daffodil, Southern Fall Crocus, and some say buttercups. Open, golden cupped blooms appear in later summer early fall about 3 inches off the ground. Carpets of yellow are soon found popping up in what seemed like completely dormant gardens and abandoned lots.
A native of Greece, it is one of the first flower bulbs grown in America. It is a popular bulb for rock gardens with its low blooming habit and foliage that stays fairly well maintained. The 'Sternbergia' enjoys good drainage and slighly gravelly soil. Some areas where it can be found naturalized would be the heavy black land soils that tend to dry out and crack during the summer months. It has performed well for the Southern Bulb Company in slightly acidic sandy loam to slightly alkaline clay soils. Hard freezes in Zone 7 and down can be damaging, but it has been seen to perform well in the Zone 10 regions of Texas. For some, the yellow crocus-like bloom it produces in the fall is the closest they will ever come to a crocus in their garden.

A Crocus for the South


Contact [email protected] to be on the waiting list for this product.

Shipping & Returns

Returns Policy
You may return most new, unopened items within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. We'll also pay the return shipping costs if the return is a result of our error (you received an incorrect or defective item, etc.).

You should expect to receive your refund within four weeks of giving your package to the return shipper, however, in many cases you will receive a refund more quickly. This time period includes the transit time for us to receive your return from the shipper (5 to 10 business days), the time it takes us to process your return once we receive it (3 to 5 business days), and the time it takes your bank to process our refund request (5 to 10 business days).

If you need to return an item, simply login to your account, view the order using the "Complete Orders" link under the My Account menu and click the Return Item(s) button. We'll notify you via e-mail of your refund once we've received and processed the returned item.

We ship within the continental United States.

When you place an order, we will estimate shipping and delivery dates for you based on the availability of your items and the shipping options you choose. Depending on the shipping provider you choose, shipping date estimates may appear on the shipping quotes page.

Please also note that the shipping rates for many items we sell are weight-based. The weight of any such item can be found on its detail page. To reflect the policies of the shipping companies we use, all weights will be rounded up to the next full pound.

Related Products

Customers Also Viewed