Crocus Sativus is commonly known as Saffron Crocus. That is becuase this is the crocus from which the precious spice, saffron, is extracted. The aromatic, spicy taste is appreciated in dishes in addition to its colour. However the flower itself has large, rich lilac flowers with purple veins. Blooming usually occurs around September/October. Plant the bulbs immediately after receipt in a sunny location with gritty, well drained soil and keep weed free. This flower does not like to be in wet, heavy soil. Excellent for naturalising. Bee-friendly.