To make up for the lack of autumn color these bright yellow crocuses grow at the base of the dry stone walls along the sides of the country lanes around Molfetta. I have always associated crocuses with spring, but it seems there are some species that bloom in the fall.
The name "crocus" is derived from the Latin crocatus, meaning saffron yellow. The spice saffron is obtained from the stamens of Crocus sativus, a fall-blooming species, but this flower is not that type...too bad! It would be nice to have a cheap source of saffron just growing along the side of the road!
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