Believe it or not, you can grow you own saffron in CT! Crocus sativus is a very late fall blooming crocus with lavender flowers. The stigma of the flower is the spice saffron. Now you know why it is so expensive- it is harvested one stigma at a time! When you rub your fingers on it, they turn bright orange. This bulb has a backwards life cycle. First the leaves appear in October. They grow for many weeks and then the flowers appear. After the flowers finish, the leaves keep on growing until the snow flies. They go dormant in the spring. Plant these where you will see them in late fall, in the front of a bed you walk by all the time. We have had them in the garden in front of the shop for over a decade.
Easy to grow in moist, well-drained soil in either full or partial sun.
Planting and Maintenance Info:
Light Requirements: Full Sun, Partial Shade
Planting Depth: 2 Inches
Bulbs per Square Foot: 12
Plant in late summer for fall blooms. Leaves will come up during spring and fade by summer.