Already known in Greek times,
It is a widespread flower throughout the Mediterranean basin, from Asia Minor to Northern Africa. Its name derives from the Greek kroke, which means filament, just to represent the long stigmas that characterize its flower. Homer describes the nuptial thalamus of Jupiter and Juno covered with so many flowers including the crocus. For this reason, one of the meanings attributed to the flower is that of the
passion and sensual love. At the time of the Romans, the crocus was placed on the tombs, as it was considered a symbol of hope
for the afterlife. Probably, the ancients only knew the crocus from which saffron is made,
with which they also prepared filters
love. Only in the Victorian age, the meaning, originally assigned to the flower and that of passionate love, began to support that of carefree youth.