Crocus tournefortii - 2 views
(and C. pallasii ssp. pallasii shown at the bottom)

Crocus tournefortii   copyright  2003 Mark McDonough

Crocus tournefortii
- perhaps the most sublimely beautiful autumn crocus of all,
with open chalices of satiny lavender-blue, a heart of golden yellow, and those absurd
divided styles of hot red-orange hanging outside the flower like a bell clapper.  
Flowers in late October - November.  Here are two views (above and below) taken 
on November 1, 2003.

Crocus tournefortii   copyright  2003 Mark McDonough

Crocus pallasii ssp. pallasii (below)

Crocus pallasii ssp. pallasii     copyright  2003 Mark McDonough

Crocus pallasii ssp. pallasii (above) - certainly among my favorite autumn-blooming
crocus choice species has light lavender flowers, a dark central ring at the base, and
bright red and yellow fertile bits.  This species is unusual, compared to many autumn-
blooming crocus, in that the flowers remain open even in low light or cloudy days. The
flowers are richly scented,  appearing late October to November.

Photos by Mark McDonough

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