|Common name||saffron crocus|
|Life cycle||perennial bulb (Z6-9)|
|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.