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As a comment about Saffron Crocus (Crocus sativus), bitbit wrote:

This purple, fall-blooming crocus is the source of the spice saffron, which is actually the red stigmas of the saffron flower. Although it is very expensive to buy saffron, the plant is easy to grow and provides a nice source of color in the fall when not much else is in bloom. Saffron likes a dry summer, so it is important not to overwater it when dormant to prevent the corms from rotting.
Name: Marysgardenpatch
Lockhart (Zone 7b)
Sep 4, 2012 10:28 AM CST
In the south these will bloom in early fall, but don't worry about not getting them in the ground early (since most bulb sellers don't start shipping until mid-September). If you plant them as soon as you receive them they will bloom in 4 to 6 weeks.

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