22 responses to “Crocus sativus”

  1. Margaret

    I always assumed crocus, like so many garden monocots, was in the Liliaceae family. I guess I never looked at one that closely.
    I am wondering if you might consider occassionally including basic information about the family of each featured plant. I realize that means more work for you, but I know I would find it enormously interesting and educational. I’m thinking just the basic defining characteristics of the family would be good (maybe the top three most important or distinguishing characteristics). Thanks for creating this website!

  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Hello Margaret,
    That’s not a bad idea – I’d like the challenge (on occasion) of translating something like this: Iridaceae via “The Families of Flowering Plants”. Alternatively, I could perhaps find a way to set up an automatic link to that site when a family keyword is used…


    Hello I am hold the meeting and prepare a work on the history of the SAFFRON (Editions CPE with FRANCE for 2007/2008.) Pour this to make I request the authorization to use the photographs of your site. We will quote your exposure and the source of the documents thank you of your assistance

  4. Daniel Mosquin

    Hello Pierre – Maw’s work would no longer be under copyright, but I’m uncertain how that works with digital reproductions of the same. In any case, however, it sounds like a worthwhile venture, so please go ahead and use this image if you like.

  5. Joe A. Frankie

    Hello. I am looking for scientific information about cultural practices of Saffron (Crocus sativus) throught the major growing areas of the world. Where might I find this information? Done anyone have any idea? Please advise. Thank you for your time. Please email me at worldtropicals@yahoo.com

  6. Daniel Mosquin

    Joe – your question is better asked on the UBC Botanical Garden Forums – much higher chance of getting a response, plus email notification when you do receive a reply.

  7. Susan Watts

    I was very interested to read your description of the dedication to George Hornby Maw included in this book. Would it be possible to have a scanned image of this dedication to add to my research project into the Maw families and their work? George Hornby Maw was George Maw’s son. George retired to Surrey from Shropshire and spent the rest of his life there. If possible I would also love to know it was who made the donation to the University. If it was a member of the Maw family I would like to contact them. Hoping that someone can help my research.

  8. Daniel Mosquin

    Here’s a low-res version from a cellphone snap. Finding the hour to take a proper photograph is pretty tough right now. The rest of the inscription is on a separate line at the bottom of the page, but the battery ran out on my cell.

    I’ll see what I can find out about the donor.

  9. Alan

    We are in Southern Ontario. We purchased, early in the season, some croci. They died off in the pots and we now have bulbs. We are wondering what we should do with them (how to handle them, ie plant them outside, refrigerate and plant later, etc) to assure we can enjoy them, outdoors, next spring … and should we immediately plant, in the garden, the new ones we just bought? Thanks!

  10. Daniel Mosquin

    Alan – your question is better asked on the UBC Botanical Garden Forums (see text right above “Post a Comment”) – much higher chance of getting a response, plus email notification when you do receive a reply.

  11. elizabeth a airhart

    i am just back to reading and looking
    terrible computer crash a bigger closet
    is always useful just be sure you have a light on
    my i have a lot to catch up with-i like the old
    botanical books the photos are grand as usual
    its beastly hot in florida so thank you all
    you give me lots to do -try panteek they
    do have old books to view

  12. Kirk Munnell

    I am doing some on line research for a friend who is a descendent of Anne Mary Maw. She is George Maw’s sister, and was married to Francis Derwent Wood, a noted British sculptor and artist of 1890-1920s.
    My friend has a portfolio of plant watercolors and landscape sketches that have been in her family that we are trying to establish the origins of.
    My friend’s deceased father had told her that they were by John Hornby Maw although George Maw might be the artist of the botanical drawings.
    The landscape drawings might be by Francis Wood.
    We are trying to get more information and establish their authenticity.

    1. Pam Smith

      Hi Kirk,
      There are indeed watercolours by George’s father. We have some here in the National Trust. I would be interested in making contact with you. I help conserve Benthall Hall, George’s home of 30 years and I am researching Maw. pamela.smith@nationaltrust.org.uk

  13. Susan Watts

    Hi Kirk. As you may have seen from my 2007 input I have been doing research into the Maw family over some years. I have no information regarding the identification of pictures but I do have quite a lot of information relating to Anne Mary Maw. She was the MOTHER not the wife of Francis Derwent Wood. I would be very interested to hear about and share details about this famous family

  14. Kirk Munnell

    Hi Susan, I’ll let my friend, Caroline, know that you had replied.

  15. Kirk Munnell

    Hello again Susan. My friend, Caroline would be interested in communicating with you about the Maw and Wood families. She has limited information about her ancestors, but would like to know more.
    I could pass your mailing address along to her and she could then contact you. If you have another suggestion for how she could communicate directly with you, please let me know. I’m just trying to help.

  16. Sasan Watts

    Hi again Kirk. I would be very pleased for Caroline to contact me using my email address as supplied.

  17. Susan Watts

    Hi Kirk. If Caroline would prefer me to write directly, c/o your home or work address, for the first time that would be fine. Can you advise me of this address so I can send my first letter? Susan

  18. kirk Munnell

    Hi Susan,
    There can’t be that many people who would read these postings, so Ms Cand I feel pretty secure giving you this address. You already have my friend’s first name, her address is:
    C. Alford
    P.O. Box 7092
    Daytona Beach, FL 32116

  19. Susan Watts

    Hi Kirk. Many thanks. I will write asap. Susan

  20. Mike Hudd

    I am decended from the Maws and have started some basic research.
    I have many photographs of the maw family including one of John Hornby Maw dated 1871 and one of a baby that says ‘Lillie Wood, Keswick 1866’ (I beleive it to be Elizabeth Read Wood, the daughter of Ann Mary Wood) I also have some dates of births / deaths etc for many Maws.
    Does anyone have a copy of ‘The Diary of Anne Mary Wood’ as i am trying to find one. As far as I know it was un-published, but I have heard of some copies existing.
    Mike Hudd – Chard, Somerset

Leave a Reply