Crocus

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

Other
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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References
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