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Extend Your Garden With Fall-Flowering Crocus


When the season winds down in fall and blooms starts to fade, it can make a gardener get a little, well, gloomy. A fantastic, fun way to get rid of these late-season blues is by planting fall-flowering crocus in the late summer months. These quick-blooming beauties add jewel-toned colors to the fall garden and are extremely easy to grow.

These late-season bloomers are also perennials, multiplying each year, and will quickly become a staple of your fall garden.

Saffron Crocus

Crocus sativus

This purple-blooming variety is the most popular fall-flowering crocus, due to the high demand and price of the spice made from this flower’s stamens: saffron. It’s easy to harvest, dry and then store the stamens to use in your favorite culinary creations. Learn how in our blog here.

Not interested in the spice? No problem. This easy-to-grow crocus adds elegance to the garden and in containers. You can also plant Saffron Crocus indoors on a sunny windowsill.

Fall-Flowering Crocus and Colchicum

These varieties bloom so quickly it’s like magic. Plant in August, either in the ground or in containers, and within days you’ll see them poking through the soil. Coming in a variety of pinks, purples and white, Crocus and Colchicum create a unique, colorful statement in your late season garden.

Each bulb will produce about 5-10 stems, creating a multitude of blooms just when you need them most – In the fall!

4 thoughts on “Extend Your Garden With Fall-Flowering Crocus”

  • Kimberly

    Aren't these also referred to as Rain Lillies?

    • Amanda

      Hi Kimberly,

      Thanks for the question. Rain Lilies are actually a little different than Fall-Flowering Crocus. You can learn more about them here:

      Happy Gardening,


  • Janet Yoder

    I have some saffron crocus that have never bloomed. Could you tell me what could be the problem?

    • Jenny

      Hi Janet - thanks for the question. Part of the answer will depend upon the age of your corms and your growing zone. Saffron crocus like to be planted no deeper than 2 inches than and at a density of no more than 12 per square foot, in a loamy soil. Planting old corms or over-watering would both explain a lack of blooms. If you live in a colder zone than zone 6 you may have experienced winter kill, of any zone, your corms can also fall prey to nibbling rodents. We'd love to help you try again (our corms are currently 50% off!) and we offer a 100% guarantee. Hope this helps and Happy Gardening - Jenny

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