Native to Europe, North Africa, Middle East, Asia.
Hardiness(see References, below) Zones 4 - 8.
2 - 4 in (5 - 10 cm).
Full sun, rich, well-drained soil.
By offsets removed from parent bulb after flowering, in late Spring.
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
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