Crocuses from my garden in Ritterhude. Fotos taken on 21. March 2011.
Crocus perennial flowering plant, family Iridaceae. native to a large area from coastal and subalpine areas of central and southern europe, north africa, middle East and Central Asia to China. (Wiki)

Lovely flowers. Do they smell of saffron in this condition?
Yes there are many things which we want but we dont get it. I searched for Annona squamosa today in all the markets of Dehradun with one of the members of this group …, but couldnt find any :((….
I remember during this season at home, I would just speak up at home,
“MUMMY, I WANT TO EAT SHAREEFA (mummy shareefa khana hai!!)” and my dad would get 2-3 kgs of it by lunch!!!

I know… you need a snow cover of about 4 month’s for crocus to do well  in naturalized state..  or 6 weeks of refrigeration for the horticulture grade bulbs shipped from Holland for forcing and growing… you could try that…
nurseries sell them in October…try Sunder nursery in Delhi… or Sutton seeds on the net… Go figure…
that’s DAD for you…  In Bengal we call it SITAPHAL… its out in the market, this week it seems they pretty good ripe ones…they dont last long though …
I wonder if one can ship them to you safely so that a few at least would arrive so you can enjoy the taste?
If I can find a good way to do it, I can send you some…from Kolkata..
ANYONE at eflora : please tell me if fruits can be shipped fast and easy?

Thanks. No these flowers don’t smell of saffran, they don’t have any smell. Saffran is the crocus, which flowers in Autumn. I don’t have Saffran. But I have Herbstzeitlose (Colchicum autumnale) which is called autumn crocus. Fotos sending in a separate mail.
BTW. what is SHAREEFA?
I searched on net and found a singer withe name Shareefa. Strange!!

Shareefa is also called Sitaphal. Botanicaly its Annona squamosa.

I hope Crocus vernus (Purple) and its Yellow and White cultivars.

SK 3340 07 March 2022: 5 very high res. images.

Location: Langton Garden, Romford, UK
Altitude: 15 m.
Date: 26 February 2022

Habit : Cultivated

This is one of the so called Dutch hybrids of Crocus vernus but there are very many and I cannot tell you which cultivar.



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