Crocus sativus - Crocus

Origins        Europe, North Africa, 
                   Middle East, Asia
Type           Perennial (herbaceous)
Hardiness    Zones 4 - 8
Bloom         Winter, Spring 
Height         2 - 4 in (5 - 10 cm)

Full sun, rich, well-drained soil. 

By offsets removed from parent bulb after flowering, in late Spring.

Additional Information about Crocus
Most famous in this family, Crocus sativus, is a source of the world's most expensive spice, saffron (made of dried stigmas of the flower).

Apart from culinary uses, crocus has long been established as a medicinal plant in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. It is believed to be a good remedy for improving liver function and in menstrual problems. It is also used as a colorant in various foods and drinks.

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