Saffron crocus

Crocus sativus

Saffron crocus - Crocus sativus

Common Name: Saffron crocus
Genus: Crocus
Species: sativus

Category: Bulbs, Corms, Tubers & Rhizomatous Plants
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Good for a rock garden

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.10 m (10 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.05 m (5 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Red, Lilac
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: October & November

Soil Type: Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

Large open rich lilac flowers with distinctive purple veins in October and November. This autumn-flowering crocus is named after its three long deep-red stigmas which are cultivated commercially for colouring and flavouring food. To provide the conditions in which it thrives plant the bulbs 10-15cm (4-6in) deep in August in gritty well-drained soil.

  • Garden care: Plant bulbs in naturalistic drifts 10-15cm (4-6in) deep in August in gritty well-drained soil. Where bulbs are planted in grass do not cut the lawn until after the leaves have died back.

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