The crocus is a small, low-growing flower with iridescent colors ranging from gray to reddish purple. The crocus has grass-like leaves and it blooms in early spring and in autumn.
The two main types of crocus are the Crocus vernus and Crocus sativus.
Crocus is a burlap-like fabric once used to ship saffron.
The crocus plant is short in stature but come in many colours such as white, yellow, lilac, blue and purple. Some varieties have two colours and others are have striped petals.
The name Crocus is derived from the Latin adjective crocatus, meaning saffron yellow. The Greek word for "saffron" is krokos, while the Arabic word saffron or zafaran, means yellow.