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roxxanne
Houston, PA
(Zone 6a)

February 10, 2013
12:17 PM

Post #9414318

Anyone know anything about this spice? I tried googleing it and didn't get much info. It says Whole Saffron, but I don't think it's related to the Saffron Crocus. It looks like Canna seeds so I thought I would try planting some.
KayJones
Lee's Summit, MO
(Zone 6a)

February 10, 2013
1:34 PM

Post #9414415

This site tells you all about it:

http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1663/0013-0001%282004%29058%5B0530%3ACCACDO%5D2.0.CO%3B2?journalCode=ebot
roxxanne
Houston, PA
(Zone 6a)

February 10, 2013
2:33 PM

Post #9414455

Thanks Kay. I planted some of them. I hope they grow! Wonder what the plant and flower look like?!
KayJones
Lee's Summit, MO
(Zone 6a)

February 10, 2013
2:40 PM

Post #9414461

Here is a picture of the flower:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/7435188@N03/2939220520
roxxanne
Houston, PA
(Zone 6a)

February 10, 2013
2:54 PM

Post #9414480

I did see that flower and thought it looked like saffron sativus, the saffron you use the stamens for flavor. Could it be the same?
roxxanne
Houston, PA
(Zone 6a)

February 10, 2013
2:59 PM

Post #9414483

OK, I think I found something http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ditaxis_heterantha
ecrane3
Dublin, CA
(Zone 9a)

February 15, 2013
7:06 AM

Post #9419759

The picture in the link that Kay posted is the other kind of Saffron (Crocus sativus). Ditaxis heterantha is in the Euphorbiaceae family and the flower isn't right for that family.

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