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This Old House • 11 weeks ago

Plant fall crocuses now: The saffron crocus will bloom in 6 to 8 weeks; the spice can be harvested for cooking by removing the bright red stigmas at the center. | Photo: J S Sira/GAP Photos

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One of my faves! Have plants in the front yard and love seeing them bloom every spring! bleeding hearts dicentra

Autumn Crocus- These relatives of the spring crocus provide a sharp, clear color punch to the early fall garden. Clusters of one to four blossoms appear, minus the leaves, and reach heights of 4-8 inches. Bloom colors range from lavender-pink to light purple. Plant bulbs in full sun with gritty, well-drained soil. USDA Hardiness Zones: 4 to 9