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Did you know that we are specialists in the production of Crocus Sativus Bulbs in Holland? We only ship our saffron crocus bulbs within the USA. 

Saffron Crocus (Crocus Sativus) is a very interesting Fall flowering specie. This variety will give plenty of blooms the first year throwing the expensive saffron spices used for many culinary dishes. The bulbs can be left in the ground for 6 consecutive years and your best harvest for saffron will be reached in the second year after planting. Many more years you can enjoy the Saffron in the Fall! We supply the biggest bulbs on the market, 9/10 cm. We will give the bulbs right after harvest in our climate controlled cells a special temperature treatment for a few weeks in order to enhance the saffron production for the first year. We hold an excellent stock which we have been contracting with the best grower for many years!

Saffron is said to make people cheerful and so will this little flower. The little crocus bulbs that flower before Christmas have been neglected, perhaps because everyone muddles them with the "autumn crocus" - the colchicums - which are a much coarser affair. Colchicums are members of the lily family whereas crocus belong to the iris group, which also includes such refined favorites as freesias, crocosmia and schizostylis. In Mediterranean countries, once the rains come and the earth turns green again, the grass is studded with tiny flower globes in blue, white or palest pink. They are delicate and their petals are translucent. The appeal of any flower that suggests spring as soon as the leaves begin to fall cannot be over-emphasized. You need all the color you can get when mornings are shrouded in fog and afternoons end at 4pm.

Crocus sativus, the saffron crocus, was probably introduced here by the Romans. In Tudor times enough were grown in Essex to give the town of Saffron Walden its name. The orange filaments (try adding them to mashed potato with fish pie) were said to make people cheerful. So cheerful, according to Alice Coats in her book Flowers and their Histories, that one herbal reported "a lady of Trent . . . almost shaken to pieces with laughing immoderately for a space of three hours, which was occasioned by her taking too much saffron". It would be an expensive tonic these days. The price of the dried stigmas is sky high, but you could grow Crocus sativus yourself easily enough. Entrepreneurs might like to create a niche-market for culinary saffron. The rest of us can enjoy the flowers and an occasional treat for the pot. The flowers are large and purple, with darker veins and a violet center around the orange stigmas. It is a showy and rather modern color contrast, but this is not one to naturalize. 
It needs deep planting in good soil and plenty of sunshine.

Shipping Info

All of our flower bulbs ship in the fall, we start shipping in September: the perfect time for planting! 

In your shopping cart, you will have the option of selecting a preferred delivery time. If you select 'Let DutchGrown decide' we will deliver your order at the proper time for planting in your zone.

Deer Resistant

This product is a Deer Resistant flower bulb. Please read our blog post about deer resistant flower bulbs or see all our deer resistant flower bulbs here.


This variety is famous for its delightful fragrance. There's nothing like closing your eyes and breathing in the sweet scent of Spring! Please read our blog post about fragrant flower bulbs, or see all our fragrant flower bulbs here.

Details for Crocus Sativus (Saffron Crocus) How to Grow

Deer Resistant Yes
Density 6-8 per sq. ft.
Family Fall Flowering Crocus
Flowering Height 6 inches
Flowering Time Fall
Fragrant Yes
Naturalizing Yes
Planting Depth 3 inches
Sunlight Full Sun/Partial Shade
USDA Zones 4-9