Crocus sativus - What do I really have?
I ordered a bag full of Crocus sativus, which they billed as saffron crocus. The bag was labeled Crocus sativus. What's come up (now, in February) are three distinctly different little bulbs: a white crocus that has the three orange pistils (or stamens, I forget which is which), smaller and more erect than pictures I find of the cultivated saffron crocus; a pale purple crocus with yellow pistils; and a lemony-sunny yellow crocus with yellow pistils--by far most of the bulbs are the latter.
What do I have? I am assuming that only the white ones (I read somewhere there is an "Alba" variety of C. sativus that looks like what I have) can be harvested for saffron. Or maybe you know something I don't? I'm pretty irritated with my order, though, and wish I could remember which (big) seed company I ordered it from so I could complain. I got this for harvesting saffron!
If you know of a reliable source for saffron bulbs, please let me know. Oh, and will any of the above that I already have kill me?