Saffron

token28001(zone7b NC)October 22, 2009

These pop up here and there in the perennial bed. Down the street, the front yard of a rental house has huge clumps. I'd love to sneak down there one night and help disperse them. ;)

Course I never would, without permission.

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christinmk z5b eastern WA

Those are wonderful Tom. I really need to get some of those. I do have a fall blooming crocus, but I don't think they are the same. I wonder how one would go about gathering the saffron? I think it is the anther part isn't it? I know it takes quite a lot of plants to get the spice though.

Yours are so pretty, thanks for sharing.
CMK

    Bookmark   October 22, 2009 at 10:10PM
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token28001(zone7b NC)

Yep. You have to take off the stamen to get the saffron. It would take a lot of them to get just a little bit of the spice. I'm not 100% sure these are saffron crocuses. They could just be plain ol Autumn bloomers.

    Bookmark   October 22, 2009 at 11:37PM
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gldno1

Very pretty. I don't have any fall blooming bulbs so I love to see what others have now.

glenda

    Bookmark   October 23, 2009 at 7:17AM
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wvbetsy(z6WV)

These are very pretty, but they aren't saffron crocus. Saffron crocus have red stigmas and these don't.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2009 at 6:43PM
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token28001(zone7b NC)

I guess they're just the plain ol Autumn crocuses then. Oh well, they're still pretty. :)

    Bookmark   October 24, 2009 at 11:08AM
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christinmk z5b eastern WA

Lol! Guess it was a good thing you didn't pick them to sprinkle on your rice then! He he.

I sure wish mine would become a bigger patch like yours though! Maybe I will just have to buy more.
CMK

    Bookmark   October 25, 2009 at 7:09PM
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token28001(zone7b NC)

There used to be a lot more of them, before I mulched and planted things around them. These came up this year in the new path where I cleared out some privet seedlings and tossed out grass seed. I think they like dry summers, and the mulch was keeping them too wet.

    Bookmark   October 26, 2009 at 4:48PM
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