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The dried stigmas of Crocus sativus (C. officinalis) (family Iridaceae), formerly used occasionally in flatulent dyspepsia; also formerly used as an antispasmodic in asthma and dysmenorrhea and as a coloring and flavoring agent.
Synonym(s): saffron
[L. fr. G. krokos, the crocus, saffron (made from its stigmas)]
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Wherefore she was taken faint directly; and being duly presented with the crocuses and snowdrops, divined on further consideration that they were the occasion of the languor which had seized upon her spirits.
Among the most hardy and consistent are the crocuses, of whom a host are planning their annual colourful assault.
Elyssa-May Johnson, aged two, looks for daffodils amongst the crocuses in Thomson |Park, Cardiff.
But one of my most memorable journeys was an early spring hike across a mountain meadow in central Spain covered in purple and yellow crocuses poking through the retreating snow, the only blemish, patches of bare earth where some cloven-hoofed wild animal had been busy feasting on the plants.
The first crocuses have pushed up their purple buds and on a sunny day will open wide their perfect chalices.
These joyous flowers can brighten up large stretches of garden or parkland rodgersias Hardy crocuses must withstand the cold and squirrels
Crocuses Crocus chrysanthus 'Zwanenburg Bronze' creates a lovely honeyscented flower in late winter or for the or early spring with grass-like variegated green leaves and flowers of yellowbronze that will open out in the sunshine.
Within his iris are crocuses - suggesting all he has seen while writing the book.
When you consider that deer and woodchuck will be waiting for spring foliage and flower growth for a meal, the best course of action may be to not plant tulips and crocuses except in extremely protected locations.