According to one, the god Hermes loved him, but killed him by
mistake and where the body's blood ran into the earth, the first
crocus flower sprang up.
The other story related that Crocus and a nymph, Smilax, were so
in love that they never separated. Yet the gods, tired of
watching their courtship, ended it by changing Smilax into a
yew-bush, and Crocus into a saffron crocus.