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    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


    Saffron crocus flowers.

    Blue crocus

    Grow your own saffron to use in cooking! Showy fall-blooming Crocus is the source of saffron, the quintessential seasoning for paella and other dishes from the Mediterranean and Asia. Each lilac-purple flower produces three showy red stigmas, which have been used for flavoring and coloring food since Roman times.

    Love to see crocus welcoming us to Spring. Did you know that crocus also bloom in the Fall? It always surprises me to see crocus blooming in my garden in September. (You plant Fall crocus bulbs 'in September' and they bloom the following September. They also multiply too.)

    21 best plants for pollinators: A vibrant garden needs pollinators. Grow any of these plants for the sweet nectar, pollen, and flat landing surfaces that butterflies and bees love.

    Saffron, made from crocus, is the spice derived from the vivid crimson/orange 3 stigmas of Crocus sativus. At about $1,000 lb, an average pound contains about 50,000 flowers...all harvested by hand.

    It makes sense to grow your own saffron, the world's most expensive spice. Here's how to grow it affordably and add a little color to your cooking.


    The Allium are in bloom Just got my first 2 plants


    This Pink-white Passion Flower is a variety of passion flower that can be found at Kadalakurushi near Palakkad in Kerala, India.

    Saffron-Crocus Flower: Crocus sativus. The three longer and darker-orange thread-like structures constitute the styles and stigmas that each Crocus flower yields at saffron harvesting time, manually by hand. No wonder Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world. - Flickr - Photo Sharing!

    Save your vegetable garden! With these companion plants, you can up your harvest and avoid sharing your produce with unwanted pests.

    Crocus with a busy bee

    Columbine: Easy to grow and beautiful, columbine blooms in spring and early summer. Part shade. Up to 3-ft tall. Zones 3-9. #cottagegarden

    Saffron crocus (Crocus sativus) This is the most expensive spice in the world, and you can grow it.

    Beautiful dahlias produce blooms in nearly every color of the rainbow! More of the best summer bulbs: