Crocuses

Now is the time when crocuses grow. There was an ancient myth that Crocus, a mortal man, had unfulfilled love for Smilax a nymph. They never got together and he was turned into the flower Crocus and she into a brambly vine

μίλακος ἱμείρων Κρόκος ἔσσεται ἄνθος Ἐρώτων
 Crocos yearning for Smilax shall be the flower of love,.
Nonnus Dionysiaca 12.86
There are many varieties of crocus. Saffron is collected from the purple autumn flowering crocuses rather than the spring crocuses.
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