The Shade Garden’s Featured Plant: Crocus

Continuing in the featured plant series, the volunteers at the Shade Garden have added the Crocus Flyer (PDF). The crocus is a perennial that grows from a corm. Typically known for their early spring bloom, there are also crocus species that produce a fall bloom. However, most do not know that the culinary seasoning Saffron is produced from the Crocus. However not the common crocus you may be familiar with in your yard. Saffron comes from one specific species of Crocus which is native to southwest Asia, and is one of the most expensive cash crops there is by weight. For more information on the standard Crocus we are all familiar with take a look at the PDF above, and plan a stop by the garden this spring (now) to see these wonderful flowers in bloom.

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