Crocus sativus/Saffron Crocus

Crocus sativus / Crocus sativus
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Scientific Name: Crocus sativus
Common Name: Saffron Crocus
Plant Type: Deciduous
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: Under 1 foot
Spread: to 1 foot
Bloom time: Fall
Flower color: Purple
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: The scarlet stigmas are plucked from the flower, dried and made into the highly prized spice, saffron. Butterflies feed on this plants nectar. Tolerates a rather wide range of growing conditions. Usually a nice surprise plant in the garden.