Crocuses In Russia they were called saffron. These are perennial tuberous herbaceous plants from the Iris family. Since ancient times, crocuses have been widely used as a spice and food coloring. In the XVI century in Europe, some species of crocuses began to be used as garden ornamental plants. The name crocus comes from the Greek word “kroke” – a thread for the long stigmas of pestles that hang between the perianth lobes. The second name – saffron – comes from the Arabic word “sephe ran” – “dye yellow,” for the ability to dye products in saffron color.

The photograph shows varietal crocus from the group of commercial varieties of Chrysanthus. The main feature of this group is that golden crocus (Crocus chrysanthus) was used in the cultivation of varieties. In nature, this species is found in Asia Minor and the Balkans. Since the 19th century, golden crocus has been used in decorative gardening to create early flowering groups on lawns and flower beds.
Crocuses usually bloom in the Mikhailovsky Garden in April, when the garden is closed for drying. Crocuses bloomed almost a month earlier this year. So, hurry to the garden and enjoy the spring beauty.

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