Autumn crocus is already in bloom in the woods... sweet little flowers shyly thriving in sunny spots among high trees, and reminding that Autumn is not far away.
Colchicum autumnale, commonly known as autumn crocus, meadow saffron or naked lady, is a flower which resembles the true crocuses, but flowering in late summer and autumn. The name "naked lady" comes from the fact that the flowers emerge from the ground long after the leaves have died back.
It is an element of the submediterranean-subatlantic flora. Its area of diffusion reaches from Southern Ireland and the Southern area of Great Britain to France, the North of the Iberian Peninsula, the Southern areas of Middle Europe and Northern Italy, to the Northern portions of the Balkan Peninsula and Western Ukraine.Autumn crocus thrives mostly on humid, rich meadows and woods -- in the latter case, preferably in sunny spots, where it is relatively warm and the plant is protected from winds.