Crocus is a perennial genus of flowering plants from the family of irises (Iridaceae). The species of this genus can be found from the eastern Mediterranean to Central Asia.
They come in different habitats - steppes, meadows, up to the alpine forests.
This plant grows mainly in open sunny places and permeable soils.
Flowering period is from spring to fall depending on the type.
According to the color of flowers, Crocus flowers are divided into two groups: yellow (yellow to orange) and blue (with light to dark purple color). There are also albino forms - often in blue crocus and rarely in yellow flowers.
In folk medicine Crocus is used against high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diseases of the stomach and bad indigestion.
Crocus in larger doses can be toxic.
Photos: Zivko Najdovski