Crocus sativus, the saffron crocus, is a small, autumn-flowering plant that grows from a bulb-like corm. It is not a common plant, so a specialty plant nursery, botanical garden shop, or online/mail-order plant catalog source is needed to acquire corms.
This crocus species is planted in late summer, so visit a reputable specialty plant nursery with knowledgeable staff in midsummer to ask if Crocus sativus corms will be available for sale soon. If not, ask if the business can order some on your behalf.
Contact or visit the garden shop at a botanical garden or arboretum to locate corms. Crocus sativus grows in mild but chilly winter climates, so if the botanical garden is in the tropics or a bitterly cold winter climate, the bulbs will not be sold.
Brent and Becky's Bulbs
Contact Brent and Becky's Bulbs through an email via their company website, inquiring about availability of crocus corms, which are sold in fall, but immediately shipped in late August or early September. They would be listed and sold in their fall catalog.
White Flower Farm
Contact White Flower Farm through an email at their website, requesting a catalog for the fall season. Their catalog of for-sale plants is also available online.
Visit the Odyssey Bulbs website and request information on availability and ordering of crocus. Information on their corms, by species, is online.
- Brooklyn Botanic Garden: "Plants & Gardens News"; Saffron Crocus---Conjuring Color and Flavor in the Autumn Garden; Ilene Harfenist Sternberg, Fall 2001
- Learn2Grow.com: Crocus sativus
- Brent and Becky's Bulbs
- White Flower Farm
- Odyssey Bulbs
saffron, crocus bulbs, corms
About this Author
James Burghardt became a full-time writer in 2008 with articles appearing on Web sites like eHow and GardenGuides. He's gardened and worked professionally at gardens in Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. He holds a graduate diploma in environmental horticulture from the University of Melbourne, Australia and a Master of Science in public horticulture from the University of Delaware.