"There are several crocus-like autumn flowers. Their bulbs must be planted by mid August to
bloom in October. So order now.
Autumn crocus, sternbergia, and colchicum flowers all resemble popular spring crocuses. Plant
them in a sunny spot in well-drained soil.
Because of their late-season bloom time, the foliage of these fall bloomers has an unusual
schedule. Colchicum leaves emerge in the spring and die down in early summer long before the
colchicum flower (leafless) appears in the fall. Sternbergia foliage appears with the bloom,
lasts all winter and dies in the spring. The foliage of autumn crocus emerges well after the
flowers and lasts into spring.
Saffron, collected from the fall crocus (C. sativus),is the orange stigma of the plant."