Autumn Crocus, Blood Of Thoth, Saffron, St Valentine's Rose
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Saffron is obtained from the Crocus flower, which is born on a bulbous plant with grass or thread-like leaves. Saffron threads are the bright red stigmas and styles from the Crocus flowers.
Flowers open with daylight and are harvested in the early morning before the flowers wilt. The stigmas and styles are removed by hand and then dried.
Corms can be divided in the dormant season (summer).
The flowers grow near the soil and are a beautiful lilac colour.
Exact origin is unknown, but suspected to be Greece.
Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
The stigmas and styles of the flowers are edible. Saffron is considered to be the most valuable spice by weight.
Mice and moles may feed on the corms. While in storage (dormant) the corms are susceptible to rots and moulds.