Crocus Sativus "Big Bunch" (Saffron Crocus)
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Crocus Sativus "Big Bunch" (Saffron Crocus)

Saffron Crocus - Crocus Sativas - Culinary Saffron

Herb gardeners who revel in growing their own tasty seasonings delight in having that most dear of spices at a price that doesn't require a second mortgage. Saffron, the deep red threads that flavor rice dishes like Spanish paella, is actually the dried stamen of the sativus crocus. This spice is so expensive because of the labor involved with hand picking the small flower parts, but if your recipe calls for only 6-8 threads (not the 4,000 needed for an ounce) you can complete the "harvest" in less than a minute. Indulge in a luxury that's very affordable when you provide the growing site and the labor. Remember your gourmet friends with a bag of bulbs, too.

$22.95 $19.95
30 bulbs
  • Planting Guide
    PLANTING
    DEPTH

    2-3"

    WATER

    Light to Moderate

    SUNLIGHT

    Full sun to light shade

    PLANTING
    PROXIMITY

    3"

  • Additional Details
    Common Name:

    Saffron crocus

    Botanical Name:

    Crocus sativus

    Exposure:

    Full to three quarters day sun

    Hardiness:

    Zones 5-8

    Height:

    2-4"

    Color:

    Rich lilac flowers with dark purple veining and red stamen

    Bloom Season:

    NOTE - Saffron crocuses flowers in autumn, rather than in spring with other crocuses

    Bulb/Plant Size:

    8/9 cm

    Number:

    30 bulbs