Zones: 5 to 9
Light: Full Sun / Part Shade
Bloom Time: Fall
Height: 4″ to 6″
Just like the spring crocus, the autumn or Saffron crocus is a bulb that produces 6″ high flowers and returns every year.
Plant them in late summer to have blooms the same year in the fall.
As an added bonus, the Saffron Crocus is actually the source of the Saffron spice.
Although I haven’t tried, they say you can harvest your own Saffron by picking the red stamens from the flower when it is fully opened. (I always think they look to pretty to pick 🙂 ).
Plant them 3″ to 5″ deep and 6″ apart.