Did you know saffron is the most expensive spice in the world? I was surprised to learn that this tiny expensive spice grows from the common flower, a crocus. Granted there are more than one species of crocus but never would I have thought that the crocus produces such an expensive spice!
The good news is growing your own saffron is not only extremely affordable (saffron can cost upwards of $20 - $25 for a .06 oz package in the market) but it also produces beautiful purple flowers that will add bright color to any garden. The flowers are a perennial so they will come back every year and they are great multipliers so every year will produce more crop!
The bulbs are very reasonable to purchase costing around $10 for over a dozen bulbs. The bulbs should be planted in the fall and you will have saffron that stems from the flower that will be ready for harvest the following autumn season. While waiting for your saffron you can enjoy the purple foliage that will sprout in the spring! Check out http://www.americanmeadows.com/saffron-crocus-bulbs for more information and to purchase your saffron crocus!