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Thursday, September 22, 2016

autumn crocus

Clumps of pink were scattered across the grass, a show of autumn crocus. It was a delight to see these autumn-blooming flowers that resemble the crocus we see in the spring.

Colchicum autumnale, commonly known as autumn crocus, meadow saffron or naked lady, is an autumn-blooming flower that resembles the true crocuses, but is a member of the Colchicaceae plant family, unlike the true crocuses which belong to the Iridaceae family. The name "naked lady" comes from the fact that the flowers emerge from the ground long after the leaves have died back.

from the Colchicum autumnale page on Wikipedia

Autumn crocus