Life Cycle Perennial
Planting Season Fall
Color Purple
Growth Habit Clumping, Upright
Bloom Season Fall

Plant Characteristics Attracts Bees, Attracts Pollinators, Easy to Grow & Maintain
Use Container Garden
Growing Conditions Cold Tolerant, Outdoor
Harvest Advantages Dried
Plant Resistance Deer

About Saffron - Crocus Bulbs (Sativus)

Crocus sativus

Seed Type Corm
Plant Type Saffron
Also known as Autumn Crocus

Yes, it's true—you can get saffron without selling your jewelry to pay for it. Just grow it! And get a feast for your eyes AND your belly. Saffron crocuses are the gift that keeps on giving, with vibrant purples, yellows, and reds that come back year after year in the fall. If you plant them in a large group, you'll end up with a gorgeous, shimmering tapestry of color. Bonus: they're deer-resistant, and bees love them. Harvesting saffron is easy—just pick the red stamens once the flowers are fully open. You can use them right away or dry and store them for months.

Planting Information

Planting Saffron - Crocus Bulbs (Sativus)

Planting Season Fall
Light Requirement Full Sun, Partial Shade
Planting Depth 2 to 3 inches, 3 to 4 inches
Plant Height Up to 4 inches
Plant Spacing 2 to 3 inches
Water Needs Low
Hardiness Zones 6, 7, 8
Bulb Size 8 to 9 cm circumference
View our Crocus Planting Guide to learn more.


Recommended Coverage
10 Bulbs / Fall-Planted | Ships in Fall Up to 1 Sq. Ft
20 Bulbs / Fall-Planted | Ships in Fall Up to 2 Sq. Ft
40 Bulbs / Fall-Planted | Ships in Fall Up to 4 Sq. Ft
80 Bulbs / Fall-Planted | Ships in Fall Up to 8 Sq. Ft

Companions Plants

Companion Plants for Saffron - Crocus Bulbs (Sativus)