Saffron Crocus Bulbs

Saffron Crocus

  • Saffron Crocus, Crocus sativus
  • Crocus sativus, Saffron Crocus close up

Saffron Crocus (Crocus sativus) blooms in autumn with lovely lilac petals enclosing three deep orange-red stigmas per flower. These are the source of what we know of as saffron, the world’s most expensive spice. Not only are these lovely crocuses a source of visual candy in the fall, but you can harvest the spice yourself and enjoy them in recipes throughout the year. Plant your saffron Crocus bulbs as soon as they arrive in late summer. They will sprout and grow in about 6-10 weeks (sometimes in as little as 4-6 weeks), putting on a colorful fall display. If there is danger of frost in your area, plant in containers that can be brought indoors.

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Zones 6 - 10
Good for Containers
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20", 20 to 30"
Bulb Spacing12 bulbs per sq. ft.
Bloom Time Mid to late fall
Shipping Most orders ship within 48 hours or less. Learn More…
Size Bag of 12


Saffron Crocus (Crocus sativus) brightens up fall with soft lilac-violet flowers. Find a sunny, well-drained spot and plant them in a group as soon as you receive them in late August or September. If there is danger of frost in your area, plant in containers that can be brought indoors.

They will return the favor by sprouting quickly and showing off their pretty flowers. Inside the petals, you will find the deep orange-red stigmas (three per flower). This is the famed saffron spice. To harvest it for cooking, simply wait until your flowers are in full bloom on a sunny day. Pluck the stigmas with your fingers or tweezers and then gently dry them on a paper towel in a warm, dry place. Store them in an airtight container and the next time a recipe calls for saffron – voila!

Read our Growing Saffron Crocus article for more information on planting and harvesting Saffron Crocus

Common Name Saffron Crocus
Botanical Name Crocus sativus
Zones 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Light Requirements Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color Purple
Mature Height 4" tall
Bulb Size 9 cm
Bulb Spacing 12 bulbs per sq. ft.
Planting Depth Plant 2-4" deep
Bloom Time Mid to late fall
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Drought/Dry Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Average
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30"
Advantages Good for Containers, Edible, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Ideal Region Suitable Above 7000 ft, Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Growing Saffron Crocus: Basic Planting Steps

Step 1: Plant bulbs as soon as possible after receiving them.

Step 2: Decide on a planting style:

A: Plant crocus bulbs close together to form a cluster, this technique creates a full showy colorful display. Space 12 bulbs per square foot. 

B: For a more natural look, plant crocus bulbs speckled throughout a garden, or under trees. 

C: Plant in a container with well-draining soil.

Step 3: To plant, dig a hole 2-4” deep for each bulb. Plant bulb pointy side up. If the crocus bulbs are being planted in poor soil conditions, add a layer of organic compost, bone meal or Yum Yum Mix around the crocus bulbs. Back-fill with soil and water thoroughly to remove air pockets.

Read our Growing Saffron Crocus article for more information on planting and harvesting Saffron Crocus

View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.


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Stunning and reliable, if you wait


from Kanab UT high desert dry area zone 7

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  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Blooms late fall
  • Hardy
  • Healthy
  • Makes saffron!


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    • Patio
    • Pool Area

    Comments about High Country Gardens Saffron Crocus Bulbs:

    Truly incredible flower with very unique bloomtime of late fall.
    The colors are breathtaking!
    They make a wonderful last supper for end of season pollinators.
    I leave the blade like leaves resembling grass year round. To remind me where they are planted and also because I enjoy their look. The long blades arch gracefully back to the ground. They are not spiky, but gracefully bending. they remind me of beargrass found in the Rocky Mountains.
    This took much longer than I was expecting to come to fruition, two months when I was looking for them after just a "few weeks" as promised in the listing. Now that I know to adjust my expectations, I don't worry, I just enjoy these beauties! Every single bulb produced for me.

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    To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

    • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
    • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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