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10 of spring's most beautiful blooming bulbs

By: Melissa Breyer on March 29, 2014, 8:30 a.m.

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Crocus pocus! Another spring bloomer known for its determination, the crocus also braves the snowy ground to break through and offer splashes of purple to an otherwise bleak end-of-winter landscape. This member of the iris family comes from a corm, not a true bulb; even though they are often grouped together in the same family.

One species of the Crocus genus, Crocus sativus, is the flower from which saffron is harvested, one of the most expensive substances in the world.