Saffron Crocus

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Grow your own luxuriant spice in your backyard with the Saffron Crocus (Crocus 'Saffron') from Nature Hills! These fancy Crocus bulbs feature lovely cupped trumpets of purple-blue petals with darker venation. But the center of each is the highly prized russet stamen that is the source of the seasoning Saffron!

Once more highly prized than gold, each bloom forms just 3 stamens each for you to collect and dry to season your own Mediterranean-inspired dishes! But as flowers, these are as pretty as any Crocus, if not more unique because of these very enlarged and showy stamens! Plus Butterflies will arrive to check out these lovely blooms!

Forming tidy clumps over time and naturalizing freely but politely throughout the landscape, Crocus are fall-flowering bulbs that are as easy to grow as any other! Low-maintenance, these perennial corms thrive throughout USDA growing zones 4 to 10 and handle about any sunny condition except soggy soil.

Planting and Application:

A darling burst of color in the fall, these little bloomers look great as garden edging all spring and summer as their spikey green foliage and tidy clumps line the front of the border or along pathways. Great in pots and planters, these plant-it-and-forget-it little perennial corms that surprise you when they appear late in the season!

Indoors, try forcing these bulbs in cloches or shallow dishes covered in moss for bright and fragrant interior décor. Autumn Crocus can be harvested for their saffron once the flowers open with tweezers and let dry in a dehydrator or use fresh. Flavor both sweet and savory dishes, and drinks, and add color to your baking with these highly sought-after spices!

  • Violet Blue/Purple Blooms With Darker Veins
  • Orange-Red Stamen Harvested For Spice
  • Spikey Green Foliage
  • Fall-Blooming Autumn Crocus Corms
  • Edging, Containers, Culinary Spice & Fall Accents

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Plant in full sun for the most blooms and in well-drained soil with moderate moisture access. Technically known as corms, Crocus bulbs should be planted in early fall before the ground freezes. This can be anywhere from September to November, depending on your growing zone and climate. Crocus bulbs require at least six to eight weeks of what's known as 'chill hours' before they will sprout.

  • Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Moderately Moist Enriched Well-Drained Soil
  • Cannot Tolerate Soggy Conditions
  • Cold-Hardy Perennial
  • Plant 2-6 Inches Apart

You can buy Saffron Crocus and other Crocus corms and spring ephemerals for fall planting and will ship when the time is perfect for planting in your growing zone! Add some spice to your life and garden today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Saffron Crocus Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-10
Growing Zones 4-10
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Crocus 'Saffron'
Mature Height 4-6 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained Soil
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Purple
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Foliage Yellows
Spacing 4 - 8 inches