Saffron From Crocus - Knowledgebase Question

Kalispell, MT
Question by clayf
September 25, 1998
Can I harvest saffron from my fall blooming crocus? I do not know the botanical name of my plants.


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Answer from NGA
September 25, 1998

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Saffron is harvested from Crocus sativus, a spring-bloomer. It takes 100,000 blossoms to produce one pound of saffron! Your fall-blooming crocus are actually Colchicum, a different family from the true Crocus.

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