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Crocus sativus

Saffron crocus

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Plant type

Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour






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photo by J S Sira, copyright GAP Photos (16940)

Plant details

The saffron crocus flowers in autumn, producing several blooms of rich lavender with deep purple veins. The spice saffron is obtained from the red 3-branched style. The plants are sterile and will not set seed, so propagate by division.

Family: Iridaceae

Genus: Crocus

Species: sativus

Plant type: Spring-blooming bulb

Flower colour: Lavender

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 5cm

Spread: 5cm

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