Nice species that flowers in late winter, with characteristic pink stigma.

Nice species that flowers in late winter, with characteristic pink stigma.

Saffron is worth its weight in gold, grow your own! These beautiful purple crocus flower in fall and offer you pure saffron on each flower's stigmas. They're easy to grow and do well in containers. (Crocus sativus)

Saffron Crocus Bulbs

Saffron is worth its weight in gold, grow your own! These beautiful purple crocus flower in fall and offer you pure saffron on each flower's stigmas. They're easy to grow and do well in containers.

Saffron Crocus - fall-blooming perennial produces true Saffron.  Likes good spring rains, dry summers, and temps not lower than 10 below.  zone 6-9.

Likes good spring rains, dry summers, and temps not lower than 10 below.

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Yucca "These are distinctive accent, silhouette or specimen plants. They produce spectacular spikes of bell-shaped white flowers, often up to 2 feet long. The flowers open late in the afternoon so that the pollen is ripe and ready for transfer to the stigma shortly after dark, awaiting a special yucca moth later in the evening for pollination." (quote from azcentral)

May 2012 The weather has cooled down considerably in the last couple of days and we finally got some much needed rain. The yucca plants in our yard are in glorious bloom just like these.

American Hazelnut: A native to eastern North America, the hazelnut is a monoecious small tree or multi-stemmed shrub that produces edible nuts in fall. Both male (tan catkins) and female flowers (red stigma style) reside on the same plant. The foliage turns golden yellow to red to purple in the fall. Prefers partial to full sun. The dense, low growth habit provides habitat to wildlife. Zones: 4-9

Monrovia's American Hazelnut details and information. Learn more about Monrovia plants and best practices for best possible plant performance.

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Crocus-Fall-sativus, this is the crocus that produces saffron.

Saffron Crocus - lilac purple with darker veins, cultivated since Roman times; original saffron crocus whose showy, red stigmas are used for flavoring and coloring food.

Crocus Blue Pearl - bulbs and forcing them

Crocus 'Blue Pearl'

The blue is pale and opalescent, giving way to pure white at the edges. Inside the cup, a burst of orange stigmas nestle deep in a yellow center, invisible until the flowers are full open.

Crocus sativus Lilac flowers in autumn with dark purple on the petals. The orange red saffron stigmas are used in cooking and as a dye. Plant approximately 15cm deep to encourage flowering. Grows 5cm high x 10cm wide

Crocus sativus Lilac flowers in autumn with dark purple on the petals. The orange red saffron stigmas are used in cooking and as a dye. Plant approximately deep to encourage flowering.

Passion flower  or Maypop■1 – Ten petals represent the ten apostles present at the crucifixion, Peter & Judas being absent;   2 – Corona or crown represents the crown of thorns or thought to be emblematic of the halo   3 – Five anthers suggestive of the five wounds or emblematic of hammers used to drive nails   4 – Three stigmas representative of the three nails piercing the hands & the feet.

Passion flower or – Ten petals represent the ten apostles present at the crucifixion

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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 within a few weeks, putting…

Purple Saffron Crocus Bulbs, Crocus sativus, Saffron Crocus US Hardiness Zone Shipping Starts 4 September 2016 6 September 2016

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