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  • MaryAnn

    Saffron (Crocus sativus) - Perennial in Zones 6 to 9 The stigma of this late season crocus is the king of spices, and you might be able to grow it in your own backyard. Saffron crocus flowers in late summer or early fall instead of early spring. A patch of 20 to 30 bulbs could net you enough saffron for a season.

  • Adriana Coleman

    The Herb Gardener: Growing Your Own Saffron. No kidding. Comes from autumn blooming Crocus Sativus. Only grown in zones 6-9, so not WI.

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