We all know the spring crocus that comes in the colors yellow, white, purple, striped and bronze and blooms in February and March.
But did you know there is also an autumn crocus?
This is found in the flower colors: white, lilac and blue.
The flowering period is September to November.
Did you know there are at least 120 different species of crocuses, of which about 30 species are grown.
Crocus is Greek and Arabic for saffron, a reference to the Crocus sativus from which the herb saffron is extracted.
Since 1550 it has been grown in the Netherlands as an ornamental plant.
Legend has it that Krokus, a beautiful young man from Arcadia during discouraging with his Olympic friend, the god Hermes, was fatally hit by such a stone disc and that in the places where his blood landed, purple flowers appeared: crocuses.
Crocus symbolizes spring, a new beginning.
She is the flower of Aurora, the dawn, as it depicts the color of the earliest morning light that surrounds the flower with a golden spark.
Yesterday I made a nice walk again and I was able to see even more crocus beauty.
Some pictures I took with and without flash so you can see the difference between the colors.
The striped crocus.
Here I had the opportunity to photograph the yellow variant.