The Saffron Crocus (Crocus sativus) is a flowering, cormous (bulbo-tuber) plant in the Iridaceae family of irises. It is also known as Wild Saffron.
It is native to the Mediterranean, east Asia, and Irano-Turanian Region.
It grows to 10 centimetres (4 inches) tall.
The Saffron Crocus has green foliage and small, rounded lilac or lavender flowers with deep purple veins. It has a bright-red style and yellow stamen in the centre of the flower.
It blooms in autumn.
Photographed in the Botanical Garden, Paris, October 2019.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls