Plants We Love: Saffron Crocus

Saffron Crocus (Crocus sativus)Plant name: Saffron Crocus


Botanical name: Crocus sativus


Virtues: Large, fragrant flowers that appear in the fall.


Flowers: Lilac-colored, with dark purple veins. Petals open wider than common spring-blooming crocus. Each bulb has 1 to 5 flowers.


Foliage: Appears along with or just after the flowers, reaches 18 inches after the flowers die and remains green until spring.


Habit: Grows from a bulb.  


Season: Fall.


Cultivation: Plant 4 to 6 inches deep in rich, well-drained soil, in the spring. Grows and blooms best in areas with hot, dry summers. Divide every few years. USDA Zones 5–8.


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