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Crocus sativus

Crocus sativus
Somewhat faded flower, more richly colored

Common name saffron crocus
Family iridaceae
Life cycle perennial bulb (Z6-9)
Flowers lavender (October)
Size 4"
Light sun
Cultural notes well-drained soil

Although we grow this fall-blooming crocus for its pretty veined lavender flowers, it is also the source of the spice saffron - the highest quality spice uses only the red stigmas, lower qualities include the yellow anthers. Both contribute to the ornamental qualities of the flower. Although the flowers don't last long in our garden, they make us stop and look when they do.

saffron crocus
The flowers are brighter when they first open
Crocus sativus
Not quite open, but showing off its spice

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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