This old-fashioned garden plant from Europe is grown for the translucent, 1 1/4-in.-wide papery circles that hang on to flower stalks; these “coins” are all that remain of the ripened seedpods after the outer coverings have dropped with seeds. Reaches 1 1/2–3 ft. high, 1 ft. wide, with coarse, heart-shaped, tooth-edged leaves. Spring flowers resemble wild mustard blooms but are purple or white. Plant in an out-of-the-way spot in poor soil or in mixed flowerbed where shining pods can beadmired before they are pickedfor dried arrangements. Toughand persistent; can reseed andbecome weedy.
Lilac flowers in fall.Orange-red stigma is true saffron of commerce. To harvest saffron, pluck stigmas...
Upright or arching growth from 6 in. to 4 ft. tall (depending on variety) spreading as wide as 3-4 ft....
Compact; to 16 in. high.Denser growth, rounder leaves,fewer flowers than species; maybe longer-lived.